Women in the mining town of Zvishavane have welcomed and applauded the government for the sensitive move of allocating the girl child with substantial funds to ensure those in school get free sanitary wear starting in 2020.
The move comes after continuous lobbing by various activists, groups, and politicians as well as the media fraternity.
The good news came during the 2020 budget presentation by Minister of Finance Professor Mthuli Ncube, that government had finally heeded to the cries of advocacy groups and made a bold move that would give “young women a chance to be confident and at ease” in schools even during their menstrual period.
Professor Mthuli Ncube said the budget responds comprehensively with the plight of the girl child in enhancing their dignity.
The announcement was received with warm applause and ululation soon after its announcement by legislators and a day later by women in Zvishavane who said the move was bold and a step in the right direction.
As the economic situation in the country deteriorates with prices of most basic goods and services rising to unprecedented levels, sanitary pads for women become unreachable and many girls and women have resorted to even using unsafe methods like newspapers, leaves, or pieces of fabric with dangerous dye chemicals as alternatives.