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Botswana Is the Latest Country to Offer Free Sanitary Products to Young Women

The Botswana government passed a motion to provide free sanitary pads to girls in all state and private schools.

Botswana is the latest African nation to implement the nationwide provision of sanitary products for school-aged women.


Parliament has passed a motion by The Botswana National Front (BNF) to offer free sanitary pads in all public and private schools, reports BBC Africa. 

According to Mmegi Online, the BNF launched the "Ensuring the Dignity of Women" program to push for the distribution of such items for disadvantaged women in in 2015.

The Kenyan government welcomed a similar motion in June.

Many have expressed their support for the act via social media.

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"African women in general need to know that it's ok for them to be the way they are–to see the way they are as a strength, and to be liberated from fear and from silence" —Wangarĩ Muta Maathai

These words prompt one to think about how terrible a job the media does in sharing the stories of African women. As journalists, our work is based on telling African stories, and the gap of female stories is a very apparent one that needs filling. It's important to have an environment that appreciates fearless and unapologetic women chasing their dreams and breaking the boundaries before them.

We caught up with Toketemu Ohwovoriole, a multimedia storyteller & journalist; Solis, a singer, songwriter, poet, & muse; Lauretta Yemoja, a beauty artist and rapper/singer; Tiwa Pearl, a dancer and creative; and Oyinkansola Dada, an art curator and founder of art gallery Polartics, to talk about their careers.

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