Cape Town - The government should make sanitary pads easily accessible at clinics and schools for young women who need them.
These were the sentiments of Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) chairperson Sibongile Tshabalala, who also said that women’s health needed to be prioritised by both national and provincial governments.
“Comprehensive sexual education also needs to be available in schools, which includes access to information about HIV preventative methods for rape and unplanned sex,” she said.
She noted that many young women who live in informal settlements and townships did not have access to pads and were not provided with adequate sexual education, which led to many unplanned pregnancies and exposure to HIV.
“Continuous conversations need to take place with young people and policy-makers should provide the necessary skills to young women for them to be independent,” she said.