Uganda: Women’s Council Demands for Underwear, Pads Factories

The national female youth Member of Parliament (MP) says together with the National Women’s Council, they are mobilizing all female leaders in the country to ask for underwear factories across the country.

While receiving a donation of sanitary towels and knickers for 800 teenage mothers in Kasese District yesterday, national female youth MP Phiona Nyamutoro further said they are launching a campaign to organise women leaders in the country to voice their concerns on the importance of addressing challenges girls face with menstrual hygiene in the country.

“We want to push government to fulfil its pledge of making sanitary pads accessible for the girl child, especially school going ones. It would be very good if government invested in factories in different parts of the country so that sanitary pads and underwear are available,” she said.

She explained that their demands for action also follow recent media reports that prevalent teenage girls in Kasese District and other parts of Uganda are getting pregnant due to engaging in sex with men in exchange for money to buy sanitary pads and underwear.

The national treasurer for Uganda National Women’s Council, Norah Akwi said as an organization which has been dealing with parenting, they have realized that menstrual hygiene still remains a big national challenge.

“Government has not done much to address the challenges girls face with menstrual hygiene. We are advocating that factories for underwear and sanitary pads are set up in every sub region so that girls can access them cheaply,” she advised.