In African countries, too, many girls don’t go to school during their period because they don’t have hygiene items – they do miss the class and later have poorer chances on the job market.
Activists are also campaigning for VAT on tampons, sanitary towels and menstrual cups to be reduced. In Germany, too, a tax rate of 19 percent was applied for a long time and not the reduced tax rate of seven percent. The tax cut has been in place since the beginning of 2020 – however, many manufacturers responded with price increases.
In his speech on Independence Day in August 2020, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi reported on a program that would provide poor women with sanitary napkins at a symbolic price of one rupee each, the equivalent of one cent. In social networks he was praised for breaking taboos: “It’s huge – menstruation is a mainstream topic of conversation in conservative India,” commented a Twitter user on Modi’s speech.
And an Indian delivery service caused a sensation with a »period vacation«: employees are allowed to take paid leave for up to ten days a year if they have severe period pain. The boss wants to dissolve the stigma surrounding the bleeding. He wrote to his team: “You should be able to simply say in internal groups or e-mails that you are currently taking a day of period leave.”
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