The Ghana Chamber of Mines under its Purple Peach project partnered an NGO Inspire Today to mark this year’s International Women’s day with rural girls.
The donation was to mark this years International Women’s Day.
Beneficiary schools were Mepe, Dadome, and Juapong schools in the North Tongu District of the Volta Region.
Girls in Akrofu in the Sokode district of the Volta Region also received support from the team.
The girls were provided with sanitary pads, bathing soap, roll-ons, shaving sticks and educational materials.
Founder and CEO of Inspire Today, Etornam Sey, stressed on the need for government to review the 20 per cent tax on sanitary towels so that the rural girl can afford it. She stressed the need to urgently address the issue of period poverty as this deprives most girls access to quality education.
‘The estimated cost of one pad in Ghana averages to about GHS 5. Organizations that support healthy menstruation management, like Inspire Today, believe the Ghanaian government should remove the tax on these materials’. Many Ghanaian advocacy groups have proposed grassroots manufacturing initiatives for menstruation materials as an economically and environmentally sustainable solution. We believe that manufacturing menstruation materials on the ground would reduce costs and increase accessibility for these vital products.’ She explained
Inspire Today foundation is a network organization nurturing a nationwide movement of female leaders through a concerted effort at achieving the Sustainable Development Goals 3 and 5.
International Women’s Day marked on 8th March is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.