Congresswoman Angélica De La Peña, introduced a bill to remove the tax on menstrual hygiene products.
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Angélica De La Peña
Congresswoman Angélica De La Peña, introduced a bill to remove the tax on menstrual hygiene products arguing that sanitary pads and tampons are essential items for women’s health. The bill seeks to remove what has been described as the discriminatory tax provision, and reduce the percentage of the payment of the value-added tax (VAT) or make products tax exempt. In her proposal, Senator Angelica de la Peña also asked the National Health System to conduct information campaigns on the importance of menstrual hygiene, as part of the right to health of women. She also encouraged the use of alternative menstrual hygiene products that are environmentally friendly, such as the menstrual cup and washable sanitary towels, through the free distribution of them. She argues that the state is obligated to ensure that every girl and woman has the ability to manage their menstruation hygienically with privacy, security and dignitary. Inability to access affordable products, or clean water is a violation of women’s right to health.