Currently, there is a 20% import tax levy imposed on menstrual pads under the Harmonized Code (HS code 9619002900) of the Ghana Revenue Authority. Menstrual pads have been classified as luxury goods instead of essential goods explaining the high cost of tax on them. How can a natural cause of menstruation be regarded as a luxury? It is quite unfortunate that condoms which can be optionally acquired are tax-free while menstrual pads which are essential and a necessity to every girl or woman are classified as luxury goods. The Ghanaian government needs to make reforms on taxing menstrual pads as this means the government is taxing menstruation-which is wrong.
As a member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, the Ghana Girl Guides Association as a part of its Menstrual Hygiene Day (28 May) awareness would want to implore government to consider the plight of girls all over the country to make menstrual pads tax-free and to help ensure proper sanitation in schools across the country. The Ghana Girl Guides wants to bring the attention of the government to the fact that girls, especially in the rural areas are being deprived of education because they have little to no means of affording the high cost of menstrual pads and cannot go to school during their periods. Girls have no control over the natural occurrence of menstruation and cannot be deprived or denied access to education due to this natural occurrence.
As a part of its mission, The Ghana Girl Guides Association seeks to empower girls to develop skills to unleash their full potentials and become meaningful members of society. The Association believes that making menstrual pads tax-free and ensuring proper sanitation for girls in schools is a step in the right direction to fulfill this mission. The Ghana Girl Guides Association wants all young girls around the country to be free to do whatever they set up their minds to do without any restrictions and to also ensure that the Sustainable Development Goals, (SDGs) 4, 5 and 6 i.e. Quality Education, Gender Equality and Clean water and Sanitation are attained. Ireland, Kenya, Canada, India, Australia and Tanzania have waived or removed taxes on menstrual pads. Why can't Ghana also do same?
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