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Zambia NGO WASH Forum is concerned with the current number of non-biodegradable menstrual hygiene products, said to be harmful to the environment.

Forum Board Chairperson, Marlon Phiri, said this in a speech read on his behalf by Forum Board Member, Mubu Kalaluka, during the World Menstrual Hygiene Day, Tuesday,  under the theme ‘Together for a Period-Friendly World’.

Mr. Phiri said there is need to join forces to break the silence surrounding menstruation and advocate for a world where everyone, everywhere, can manage their periods with dignity and without fear.

“This year’s theme, “Together for a Period-Friendly World”, underscores the importance of collective action. We cannot achieve menstrual equity alone. It requires collaboration between governments, NGOs, civil society organizations, the private sector,” said Mr. Phiri

Mr. Phiri said in a statement issued to RCV News in Lusaka today many of the disposable menstrual products are made from non-recyclable and non-biodegradable materials, which he said is harmful to the environment.

Meanwhile, Zambia NGO WASH Forum National Coordinator, Bubala Muyovwe – Mumba said  there is a clear gap in coordinated efforts from different sectors to ensure availability of menstrual products, especially among pupils.

She also said there is need to tackle the taboos, cultural norms, and financial limitations that prevent many from accessing information on menstrual hygiene as well as menstrual products.

By Eva Hatontola

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