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FIDA: Don't to tax sanitary towels

11 July 2013, 11:18 James Kabotia

The Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) Kenya has opposed tabling of the proposed VAT Bill in parliament which seeks to levy tax on basic commodities including sanitary pads.

According to FIDA Kenya chairperson Ruth Aura, the organization 'finds it totally unacceptable for government to threaten to withdraw this relief in full realization of the monthly struggle that the less fortunate girls and women of Kenya face'.

The chairperson said that the government must with immediate effect withdraw the VAT Bill from National Assembly.

She pointed that the proposed taxation of sanitary pads is a blatant violation of girls’ and women’s constitutional entitlement to basic education and the highest attainable standard of reproductive health care.

Aura added that the taxation of sanitary pads will undo the gains made towards elimination of imbalances between school going boys and girls, men and women.

The FIDA Kenya boss further maintained that the taxation of sanitary pads will be a key reversal of the very commitment made by his Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta in his 8th June 2011 budgetary speech as the then Minister for Finance.

“It is therefore most cruel and inhuman for government to renege on this commitment,” Said the chairperson.

She urged the Jubilee government to make good of their pre-election promises and manifesto to Kenyan girls and women, in particular the promise to promote their education and empower them to take their rightful place in developing this country.

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