Accra, Ghana - On this significant occasion of the International Day of the Girl 2023, the "Happy School Girl Project" extends its heartfelt appreciation to the government of Ghana for its continued commitment to the welfare and empowerment of girls in the nation. This international observance offers us the perfect opportunity to highlight a critical issue that affects girls' education and well-being in Ghana – access to affordable sanitary pads.
The "Happy School Girl Project" recognizes that the ability of girls to stay in school and actively participate in their education is heavily dependent on their access to basic necessities, including menstrual hygiene products. In this regard, we kindly request that the government of Ghana considers waiving taxes on sanitary pads as a means of supporting the aspirations and dignity of Ghanaian girls.
Menstrual hygiene management is an essential aspect of gender equality and female empowerment. Access to affordable sanitary pads not only contributes to better health and hygiene but also helps prevent girls from missing school during their menstruation. By removing taxes on sanitary pads, the government can make these products more accessible to families across the nation and ensure that girls can continue their education without interruption.
The "Happy School Girl Project" believes that addressing this issue is a critical step in promoting the rights and well-being of girls, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals and Ghana's national development agenda. By prioritizing girls' needs and education, we can help build a brighter future for our nation.
We look forward to the government's positive response to our plea and trust that they will consider this request as an opportunity to celebrate the International Day of the Girl 2023 by taking a meaningful step towards supporting girls' education and menstrual hygiene in Ghana.
About the "Happy School Girl Project"
The "Happy School Girl Project" is a Child Online Africa’s girls education project dedicated to improving the quality of education and well-being for girls in Ghana. The aim is to ensure that every girl has the opportunity to access quality education and reach her full potential, free from barriers such as lack of access to menstrual hygiene products. We work in collaboration with stakeholders to promote gender equality and empower girls in Ghana.