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Sanitary wear a headache

In every endeavor there are needs and necessities that human beings cannot do without.

It becomes a headache when one fails to acquire their basic needs and so is the case with many Zimbabweans who are currently battling bread and butter issues.

It appears, the hardships have only spared a few and a snap survey by The Tenacity Post revealed that women seem to be the most affected, particularly the girl child.

Amongst the difficulties of bringing food to the table, buying clothes and other necessities, most girls can no longer afford sanitary wear.

One, Ms Chiedza Nyembe from Cowdray Park who is self employed said the spiraling prices of basic commodities has made sanitary wear unaffordable.

“Can you imagine how it feels to walk up to the shops thinking that the  money you have is enough to buy all you require because yesterday you checked the prices and this fitted perfectly with your budget, only to be  surprised on how your side of the bed has been turned out for no comfort zone,” said Chiedza.

She added that failure to acquire sanitary wear lowers the level of self esteem in most girls.

“It is so hard for us as girls to feel secure and comfortable without sanitary wear at our monthly circle because it is not all of us that work or get money anywhere and anytime we want,” added Chiedza.

According to Ms Melissa Ngwenya, a part four student at Lupane State University some school going girls are reported to be skipping classes during their menstrual circle because they do not have pads.

“Just a few days back i visited my neighbour and when l got there l found her form three daughter at home during school hours. When i asked the daughter why she wasn’t at school she sobbed and said she was on her period and she didn’t have pads. I was hurt,” said a visibly emotional Melissa.

Some ladies who spoke to this publication called for the government’s intervention.

Ms Valerie Moyo another young lady from the community said it is time government considered giving out sanitary wear for free in public spaces just like condoms.

A small pack of menstrual pads is pegged between ZWL$25 and $30 RTGS, an amount that the majority of unemployed Zimbabweans finds hard to fork out.

Ms Daniella Sibanda, another student from the National University of Science and Technology said this is a serious issues that calls for a collective solution by the whole community.

Daniella said: “If young girls are found skipping school because of menstruation then this is serious. It means we are losing a whole generation of doctors, engineers and scientists just because of sanitary wear.”

“This issue doesn’t only need government intervention but the whole community at large. We need to come up with an urgent solution to this, be it setting up fund raising events or calling for donations, it must be done immediately.”

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