South Africa Declares Menstrual Products Tax-Free
In South Africa, Menstrual Products have just become a lot more affordable for women now.
From April 2019, South African women will no longer have to pay 15 percentage value added tax on Menstrual Products, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni announced on Wednesday.
He also announced that sanitary pads will be distributed for free to public schools.
This is a good move for poverty driven country like South Africa, as the cost of menstrual products is a huge burden for low wage women.
30% of School Girls miss their schools because they cannot afford to buy menstrual products.
Female Members of parliament have been putting pressure on the government to drop “pink tax”.
In the protest for “pink tax”, students from across the country rallied using the hastag #BecauseweBleed.
South Africa is not the only country to make this move to abolish “pink tax.” India, Australia and Malaysia all took steps to abolish pink tax this summer.
Wednesday’s announcement shows that South Africa is the latest country showing signs of progression across the globe.