Zimbabwe First Lady makes case for Affordable Sanitary Wear

Zimbabwe 8The first lady of Zimbabwe, Auxillia Mnangagwa has asserted that sanitary wear must be made available and affordable.

The First lady also called for the continued education on menstruation for girls and women.

Mnangagwa made this known recently at an event to commemorate the Menstrual Hygiene Management Day which had 50 children in attendance drawn from disadvantaged backgrounds.

“Talking about menstruation, it is considered taboo and yet it is the biological indicator that pregnancy has not occurred,” she said.

“This silence contributes to the ignorance and illiteracy on menstrual hygiene management.

“Regressive socio-cultural norms pertaining menstruation are responsible for the silence around the issue of menstruation and this results in the use of unhygienic products to manage periods instead of much safer products.”

“The theme for this year’s commemoration is ‘It’s time for action. Indeed it is a time for all of us to take action and address the challenges that women and girls face in relation to menstrual hygiene management, especially as we also look at the challenges that we are currently facing due to the Covid-19 global lock down,” she said.

“Menstrual hygiene management is not a girls and women’s issue alone, but it is a matter that concerns all of us as communities and failure to manage menstrual hygiene may as well impact on the development of communities and the nation at large, she stated.

The first lady through her Angel of Hope Foundation, donated reusable menstrual kits to the disadvantaged women.