The debate on whether tampons and pads should be free has been going on for a long time. This is after it became apparent that some women and girls cannot afford these essential hygienic products. Most of such girls are from developing countries where the rates of poverty are very high. These girls are compelled to use unclean items such as clothes as substitutes for tampons and pads. They are also forced to miss school for the days they are on their periods.
Making tampons and pads free can significantly help women and girls who cannot afford these necessary items. Such girls will be able to go on with their lives even on the days they are on their periods. Non-government organizations that seek to help venerable people should play a role in ensuring that the women and girls who need tampons and pads get them without having to spend any money. Governments should also play their roles in helping all women get access to these essential products.
Ways to make tampons and pads free include giving subsidies to companies that make such products. Such companies will be able to make these hygienic items at much-reduced costs. Government should also exempt pads and tampons from tax, especially in developing countries. Agencies and organizations that help deliver these products to girls and women, who need them, mainly in remote areas, should be appropriately funded. This will ensure that even women and girls who are in villages can access these sanitary products. Therefore, it is vital to make tampons and pads free to provide all women with chances to go on with their lives without avoidable disruptions.
Seeing as menstruation is not a matter of choice, the free access to hygienic sanitary products should be regarded as a human right and the government should aim to provide for it and protect it. Period poverty is now becoming growing concern and interest for persons and groups leading the fights against gender discrimination all around the world specially ruler places of some countries like Nigeria, Africa and India. Too many girls are suffering from this every day in a world that already places other obstacles against them. The health and survival of girls everywhere in the country is deeply dependent on the alleviation of period poverty.