Sanitary Napkins should be free for School Girls in Pakistan #MakeItFree
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Pakistan is described as among the world’s worst performing countries in education especially in girl children education. Over 3 million girls are out of school in Pakistan and when ask a girl child father why she is out of school? So her father says whether I educate her or feed her?, as 6.8 to 7.6 million families are living in poverty so now anyone can understand that how uneducated young girl can afford to buy sanitary napkins in Pakistan as 8 percent girls have right to participate in own health care decisions so If a girl child father is making choice to choose between education and food for her so How he would pay 20 sanitary napkins for her in Rs.400/=.
In Pakistan Girls are not only paying the government extra taxes to have periods as in way of buying feminine hygiene products but also the cost of Sanitary napkins are extremely high.
Schoolgirls have no access to earn extra income in Pakistan so how they can buy seven sanitary napkins pack in 150 to 240 Pakistani Rupees.
In Pakistan, Girls are force to shut their mouth for even asking a sanitary product openly at shops and that's why shopkeepers charge the cost of their choice and this is the reason that cost of sanitary napkins are not same across the Pakistan.
Schoolgirls have no enough money to buy feminine hygiene products and thereby most of schoolgirls in Pakistan don’t even have an idea about the feminine hygiene and if they will not maintain cleanliness and hygiene so that not only does it impact their health but also can cause of prevent certain diseases like UTIs or yeast infections.
Talking about menstrual hygiene is like a sin in Pakistan that’s why Teachers unwillingness to discuss menstrual hygiene. Schoolgirls feel discomfort while changing, cleaning & drying of re-useable menstrual clothes as they are unable to afford conventional sanitary pads.
So we request UN and Pakistan Government to make it free sanitary napkins for schoolgirls so we can improve their health as cutting down the taxes won’t play a vital role to bring change in the health of a girl.
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