KAMPALA — Movit Products Limited has confirmed that the company will be part of a five year Pad for Every Initiative fundraiser spearheaded by Msichana Uganda, a local NGO, that aspires to promote menstrual hygiene amongst girls especially in school.
Speaking at the campaign launch held at Sheraton Hotel in Kampala, Stephen Mukisa, the Head of Branding at Movit Products Limted , said the company seeks to join hands with Msichana Uganda and other parthers to fundraise for the five year Pad Every Girl initiative.
The project looks at providing reusable sanitary towels for girls girls who can’t afford to get sanitary towels accross the country.
Mukisa said one of the biggest reasons that girls drop out of school is because of unavailability or sanitary towels being out of reach.
“As as a company, we are joining hands with other willing partners to be able to acceralate this project. We are here for the fundraiser and we hope to explore for more sustainable partnerships for the next five years,” he said.
Mukisa said that Movit Products Limited will seek how it can partner with Msichana Uganda to grow capacity so” we can reach more girls with more tawels and more girls can stay in school and keep their dignity”.
Providing sanitary pads to schoolgirls is a controversial subject in Uganda.
President Yoweri Museveni has previously pledged to buy sanitary towels for girls in need.
The government estimates that 30 percent of Ugandan girls from poor families miss school because of lack of sanitary towels.
But the first lady, who is also the minister for education, told parliament the government didn’t have enough funding for the president’s $4.4 million initiative.
The lack of affordable sanitary products is a very common challenge, and girls in rural secondary schools often use and substitute whatever they can to ensure that they are protected during menstruation.
Msichana Uganda Executive Director
Winifred Nakandi unveiled the three aspects of the Pad Every Girl project that include menstrual hygiene management, employment and environment sustainability.
Ms. Nakandi said her organization is in the cycle to answer the question on reusable sanitary towels but can only achieve this in collaboration with willing partners.
“We want to distribute hygienic, eco-friendly, durable and reusable sanitary pads to girls in upper primary and lower secondary school, to enable them go through their menstrual periods with utmost dignity,” Ms. Nakandi said.
Nakandi asked the government to make sanitary pads for girls a priority.
Public debate about the subject continues, and the government Members of Parliament —who attended the fundraiser —Muhammad Nsereko for Kampala Central and Phionah Nyamutooro, Youth MP for Central Uganda —committed raise the matter on floor of Parliament.
Nsereko wants sanitary pads to be sold free of value-added tax.