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Sanitary pads now tax free

August 28, 2019 South Sudan NEWS PORTAL.

(JUBA) In a move hailed by activists and campaigners, the government has scrapped tax on sanitary pads.

Activists say removing the tax on pads tackles one of the biggest barriers to education for girls, who are often forced to stay at home due to a lack of access to clean hygiene products, while also facing stigma and taboo around menstruation in the society. The campaigners say it will help more girls to go to school during their periods and boost women’s’ job prospects

Periods are among the leading factors for girls to drop out of school in a country where four out of five women and girls are estimated by campaigners to have no access to sanitary pads.

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