On the other hand reusable, washable sanitary towels might sound icky. Wait! For a great write up (actually a series of great write-ups) on a range of towels read Lucy Stableford-Grieve over at the the wonderful . The info is under Muff Fluff – love it.
Reusable, washable sanitary towels come in a variety of sizes, absorbencies and fabric to suit your individual need. They attach to your underwear with poppers and are extremely comfortable to wear. Like this:
My mother recommended that I use a cotton washable sanitary towel during my period (as she did) instead of disposable pads. In the country I'm from the feminine sanitary towel is 30x30cm, so when I put it in my panties I can't wear trousers, tights, or jeans. What is your opinion? Are disposable pads unhygienic?
“We should be taxed. Yes, I do not mind taxes on my salary and allowances as a Member of Parliament. What should be exempted from tax are the sanitary towels and the materials used to make them. Why should girls continue to drop out [of school] when we can do something about it?”
Those were the remarks by the Ntungamo Municipality MP, Gerald Karuhanga as he officiated at the graduation ceremony of several young women who have been trained in making washable sanitary towels at Days for Girls Uganda in Kamwokya, Kampala.
The organization hopes to make the fresh graduates ambassadors of menstrual hygiene management among their rural counterparts.
Karuhanga decried the high dropout rates of girls in schools due to menstruation.
A 2013 study by Build Africa, a non-governmental organization, revealed the alarming statistics and impact this issue has on girl child retention in schools and completion.