Feb 14 2019

Turkish opposition deputy proposes tax cuts on menstrual pads, tampons

Sera Kadıgil, a Turkish lawmaker from the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), submitted a parliamentary motion to decrease the 18 percent value added tax on hygienic products used by women, Duvar news site reported

The motion also includes the distribution of menstrual pads and tampons free of charge to female inmates in Turkish prisons. 

Kadıgil said that the European Union had decided to slash the value added tax on such products to 5 percent while some countries like Canada and India had removed taxes.

The opposition deputy said the lack of access to hygienic products had negatively affected the reproductive health of women in Turkey. “Many girls and women in our country are facing such risks as they do not have the means to afford such hygienic products,” she said. 

There are more than 10,000 women and 82 adolescent girls in 386 prisons in Turkey, according to figures cited by Kadıgil. “Access to pads, tampons and other hygienic products is one of the problems faced by female prisoners, girls, and transexual individuals who menstruate,” the lawmaker said.