In an effort to make sanitary pads more affordable and accessible, the Government removed Value Added Tax on the products in December 2019.
Now activists are calling for collective efforts from members of the public to toward making period products accessible to more women and girls, with some already running social media campaigns to help ease the burden.
Isabella Akaliza, founder of Period Poverty initiative, which seeks to ease menstrual burden for schoolgirls, reckons that there is a lot that can be done if "menstrual hygiene is given the priority it deserves."
In regards to period poverty, Akaliza's initiative has started a new social media campaign dubbed Safe to Bleed that aims at advocating for the use of reusable pads because of their affordability, socio-economic impact, sustainability, and how they are a better alternative for the environment.
Divine Ingabire, Co-founder and Executive Director of IMatter, which is spearheading an effort to provide vulnerable women with free sanitary pads, said members of the public should throw their weight behind such campaigns.