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One of the problems almost all women are facing is menstrual cycle. We don't like it, we didn't choose to have it but we have to live with it. It's a taboo and it's something you shouldn't talk about. Have you ever seen a commercial for hygiene pads with blood? Or even red color? Neither have I. It's always some blue or green liquid. We are paying for Eves sins and we should feel ashamed (sometimes they are referring to the period products tax as sin tax). And as if the pain and bleeding every month isn't enough by itself, we have to pay taxes to our government for it. In the USA, 40 states are taxing periods. Women movements around the world are protesting for equal rights, equal payments, etc. and those are important issues that need to be solved. But this is something that is more than rights. It's about natural thing, a biological function that you can not change. Period products are not luxury - they are need. A radical demonstration that it is a need was when few women went to work without the pads and posted a video of it on YouTube. You can imagine the results. There are also women protesting without their pads to draw attention to this issue. It is not only about the money that women will save by not paying taxes for this products, it's also about the empowerment and satisfaction for breaking taboos about our bodies.
A successful public campaign in 2015 in Canada lead to eliminating the national tampon tax and it should be a good example for other countries. Online petitions were started in countries such as Britain, Ireland, Spain and the Netherlands to end the practice. In France, tax on sanitary products were reduced from 20% to 5.5% following protests in 2015. In the USA, activist Jennifer Weiss-Wolf and Cosmopolitan have teamed up to demand legislators in 40 states drop the tampon tax and the slogan is clear: "Stop Taxing Our Periods! Period." Their petition has already achieved over 70,000 signatures.
This is as much as economical as it is a political matter. For some, it may not seem as important as other problems that women are facing but it is still a problem and it is linked to numerous others. Girls and women around the world, especially in poorly developed countries, face stigmatization and mocking for just being females. Every day, schoolgirls get their periods for the first time while in school and find themselves in a setting without toilets and water unable to clean themselves. Because of that they are being mocked and shamed. Cultural taboos and secrecy about menstrual blood compound this problem. And the problem is much wider than actual taxes for hygiene products, but they indicate that we are far from achieving equality and women's rights.