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Stop Taxing My Period

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To the Minister for Gender and Social Protection.
Sanitary pads attract 20% import tax levy in Ghana under the Harmonized Code (HS code 9619002900) of the Ghana Revenue Authority.

Since time immemorial the Ghana Government has taxed every menstruating Ghanaian 20% every time we get our period. Our periods earn the government millions of Ghana Cedis each year!
And how can a bodily function be taxed?
Meanwhile, condoms attract no taxes in Ghana.

So what about the reproductive health and hygiene of millions of Ghanaian women and young girls. Is this not important too?

Women and girls don't buy Sanitary Pads for pleasure.
It's never a luxury to experience your period monthly.

According to the Ghana Revenue Authority Guidelines, Sanitary Pads are considered as luxury goods. Like Really?

Period Poverty is high in Ghana. Our school going girls are missing classes, working class women are missing work schedules because of period poverty.
If you are pushing the girl child to school, try to help her stay in School.

Reduce taxes on Sanitary Pads or scrap it off totally. Government must provide free Sanitary Pads to rural girls.
Our girls deserve better.
Consider Sanitary Pads as Essential goods.

We those into girl child education are confronted daily with girls under heavy financial burden when it comes to managing their periods. They miss classes.

Period poverty is so real that, some girls use socks, old dresses and newspapers as sanitary pads. The hygienic condition of this is even reserved for another day.

Should we pay expensively for being women?

Should our girls feel inferior because of biological changes?

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