VAT Free Sanitary Products in Namibia

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Women in Namibia are paying a 15% value added tax on sanitary products such as pads, tampons, menstrual cups and etc. Fuel in Namibia is a zero rated supply meaning that people do not pay tax for it, this too should be the case for sanitary products in Namibia.

According to the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare in Namibia 83% of girls living in rural areas in Namibia do not have access to improved sanitary services. One in 10 girls in Namibia skip school every month or drop out completely because of a lack of sanitary products. Period poverty in Namibia is a reality and many women and girls cannot afford to buy sanitary products. Women find it difficult to afford proper sanitary products and this has made them use unsafe sanitary products such as newspapers, cloths and makeshift toilet paper pads. They put their health and well-being in harm's way.

Women should not pay for taxes for a situation that happens to them naturally. Sign this petition and show women you  stand with them in this matter.