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Happy International Women's Day, here are some fitting links, brought to my attention by [livejournal.com profile] choicelamb:

*On Saturday 10th March ActSA (the successor organisation to the Anti-Apartheid Movement) are holding a Rally for Dignity in Trafalgar Square from 1 - 4pm.

From the website: "the day will be a celebration of the role of women in the global struggle for justice - with particular focus on the struggle for freedom in Zimbabwe and the role of women in this struggle."

"The economic crisis in Zimbabwe now means that ordinary woman are unable to afford basic sanitary protection. With inflation topping 1200%, just one pack of sanitary pads costs more than 50% of the average monthly wage for women in Zimbabwe. Faced with such economic adversity, manufacturers of sanitary products have fled Zimbabwe, compounding the shortages.

As a consequence, millions of Zimbabwean women are forced to replace tampons with newspapers and dirty rags, a practice which has led to vaginal infections for which there is no available medication."

*On a related note, Tamponification is a US site where you can donate free sanitary products to a shelter in a location of your choice.

I am at work, and I am busy so I will get back to that, but when I have the time there are literally dozens of issues to do with health, sanitation, menstruation and perception I could write about here...

Date: 2007-03-11 10:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] digital-eye.livejournal.com
That's terrible. I had no idea things were so bad in Zimbabwe but it makes sense.

The menstrual cap would be a good thing, except I don't know how they'd be regarded there, but if they're using tampons then I suppose it wouldn't be much different. It's a shame they're so expensive, but would last years compared to a pack of tampons.

Date: 2007-03-12 05:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chrome-cherry.livejournal.com
I'm a huge advocate of menstrual cups and I've probably sung their phrases to most of my female friends at one point or another, but I wonder whether the advantage of tampons in somewhere like Zimbabwe is that they're disposable? I can't imagine it's particularly easy to clean a cup without running water, or spare water to boil... It would be great to see them take off more widely worldwide though.



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