As the world gathers momentum to celebrate Menstrual Hygiene Day on May 28, several voices in Uganda have united to advocate for mandatory provision of low-cost sanitary pads for all school girls. Ugandan women parliamentarians under the leadership of the Speaker of Parliament Hon. Rebecca Kadaga have called on the government to make mandatory provision of sanitary pads for all school-going girls in the Universal Primary Education (UPE) programme.
The call follows the release of a study by SNV, International Water and Sanitation Centre and Austrian Development Agency that showed that 5 out of 10 girls of menstrual age miss 1- 3 school days every month due to lack of sanitary pads and bullying by peers.
Daily Monitor, one of Uganda’s leading newspapers has joined the cause, calling upon government to act on its constitutional mandate to provide the facilities and opportunities necessary to enhance the welfare of women to enable them realise their full potential.
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