Speaker of the National Assembly Jacob Mudenda said that Parliament will introduce a facility where female MPs will access sanitary pads while in the august House.
Mudenda made the revelation on Thursday last week while responding to calls by MDC-T proportional representation MP, Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga who had called for a facility to make it convenient for legislators to buy sanitary pads while attending Parliament. Said Mudenda:
Female MPs, with your permission, I was hesitant to go into your toilets, but from now onwards, I will be escorted by the deputy Speaker (Tsitsi Gezi) to ensure that the facilities are in place.
Misihairabwi-Mushonga demanded that the setting up of the facility should be expedited as “menstrual periods do not wait for the lockdown to end”. She said:
Today is Menstrual Health Day and we have always been calling for ladies’ toilets to have equipment for MPs to access tampons and sanitary pads. It doesn’t have to be free because we can buy.
Menstrual periods do not wait for the lockdown to end. If you see female MPs dashing out during debates, probably it is because nature has called.
May 28 marked Menstrual Hygiene Day, an annual awareness day that was initiated by the German-based NGO WASH United in 2014.
The aim is to help break the silence and build awareness about the fundamental role that good menstrual hygiene management plays in enabling women and girls to reach their full potential.