Abolish luxury tax and VAT on sanitary napkins – Dzifa Gomashie


Abla Dzifa Gomashie, MP for Ketu South

Sanitary pads sell for 10 GH¢

500 million people do not have access to menstrual products

Access to menstruation material is a basic human right, Abla Gomashie

MP for Ketu South, Abla Dzifa Gomashie, lamented the high cost of sanitary napkins for menstruation in Ghana.

According to her, the 20% luxury tax and 12.5% ​​VAT on sanitary napkins if they are discarded will reduce the cost of sanitary napkins in the market.

Speaking at Menstrual Hygiene Day 2022 in Ketu South, she noted, “It is disappointing to see sanitary napkins offered in the market at a price as high as GH¢10 cedis. How does the average Ghanaian deal with the high cost of sanitary napkins, among other urgent needs? »

“The cost of sanitary napkins can be lower if the 20% LUXURY TAX and 12.5% ​​VAT imposed on imported sanitary products are removed. These heinous taxes are in my opinion nuisance taxes and further impoverish vulnerable girls in our poor families where three square meals are a challenge.

Here is his full statement below:

STATEMENT ON MENSTRUAL HYGIENE DAY 2022 BY HON. ABLA DZIFA GOMASHIE TO PARTICIPANTS IN MY TIME WITH THE CHILDREN IN MY BELOVED SOUTH KETU

May 28 each year is marked as Menstrual Hygiene Day, which was established in 2014 by the German NGO WASH United.

The day is marked on May 28 since menstrual cycles last an average of 28 days and women get their period on average five days a month (May also symbolizing the fifth month of the year).

The theme for this year’s celebration is “Making menstruation a normal part of life by 2030”. “The celebration aims to build a world where no one is held back for menstruating by 2030.”

Importantly, menstrual sanitation and hygiene is linked to SDG Goal 6.2 which calls for special attention to the needs of women and girls and people in vulnerable situations by 2030.

Over 300 million women menstruate every day worldwide. An estimated 500 million people do not have access to sufficient menstrual products and menstrual hygiene management (MHM) facilities.

It is widely recognized that the treatment of women and girls during their menstruation could compromise their rights to quality health, education, work, gender equality without discrimination and access to water. and sanitation.

Menstrual habits in Ghana, as in other African countries like Togo and Nigeria, are still hampered by socio-cultural and religious limitations, necessitating sufficient menstrual hygiene education. For some of these women, menstruation can mean abuse, stigma, missed opportunities and loss of dignity.

According to UNESCO, one in ten girls in Ghana do not attend school because they are menstruating, while World Bank research adds that 11.5 million Ghanaian women lack the management facilities hygiene and sanitation needed because of poverty.

It is a basic human right that women everywhere are provided with the correct equipment to draw blood during this time, and that this equipment can be modified in privacy. Access to high quality, culturally appropriate menstrual supplies and safe private washing facilities is a necessity for every girl or woman who is menstruating.

It is disappointing to see sanitary napkins offered in the market at a price as high as GH¢10 cedis. How does the ordinary Ghanaian cope with the high cost of sanitary napkins, among other urgent needs?

The cost of sanitary napkins can be lower if the 20% LUXURY TAX and 12.5% ​​VAT imposed on imported sanitary products are removed. These heinous taxes are in my opinion nuisance taxes and further impoverish vulnerable girls in our poor families where three square meals are a challenge.

I would like to thank the Municipal Girls Education Officer, Mrs. Cecilia Dokli, the Municipal Council Coordinator, Ghana Girl Guides Association, Adwinsa Publications, Girl In Need Foundation (Oheneyere Naana Dansoa), Obaapa Foundation ( Nanahemaa Adjoa Awindor) the librarian of the Agbozume Library (Elikplim Kuulioocean Kulewoshie) Sally Anokye-Yeboah, director, directors, teachers, students, media and all who contributed in various ways to the success of the event in Ketu South.

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