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Seychelles successfully launches national programme to provide free access to sanitary products for all school girls

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Seychelles successfully launches national programme to provide free access to sanitary products for all school girls

This is a testament that as a unified voice we can agree and support each other when it comes to a more worthy cause in support of all girls in Seychelles.

VICTORIA, Seychelles, January 13, 2022 / APO Group / –

All girls of school age in Seychelles, at the beginning of the January 2022 academic school year, will have access to sanitary pads free of charge in all public and private schools, as well as in vocational centers across the island. This was formalized during a donation ceremony held this morning at the SITE Auditorium, where VIJAY Construction Limited donated a supply of sanitary napkins, in the presence of President Wavel Ramkalawan and the First Lady, Mrs. Linda Ramkalawan.

During the ceremony, President Ramkalawan described this achievement as a defining moment for the country as it continues to collaborate with key partners and makes further progress in implementing actions that will benefit all girls as future Seychellois women. On behalf of the Government and people of Seychelles, the President expressed his sincere thanks to Mr. Vijay Patel for agreeing to make the donation and allowing Seychelles to join other countries in the world that have embraced this same concept.

“Today’s donation, which is of national importance, allows us to provide access to sanitary napkins for all our girls, marking an important milestone for Seychelles not only to ensure the product is available free of charge, but also as a gesture symbolic of our respect for the dignity of all our girls. I am further encouraged by the fact that this initiative arose from a motion submitted by a member of the National Assembly, the Hon. Regina Esparon where regardless of her gender or political views she received unwavering support and a unanimous vote on the motion put forward. This is a testament that as a unified voice we can agree and support each other when it comes to a more worthy cause in support of all girls in Seychelles. I would like to thank Bro. Esparon for introducing the motion and Mr. Patel for leading us to what we have managed to accomplish today,” said President Ramkalawan.

The Government’s decision to launch such a project was initiated by a motion presented by the member of the Glacis National Assembly, who is also the President of the Women’s Parliamentary Caucus, Mrs. Regina Esparon, who in her intervention before the The National Assembly declared menstruation as a normal health-related process for women and girls and called on the government and stakeholders to initiate discussions on how to make health products duty-free, more affordable and accessible to women and girls.

As part of this morning’s symbolic donation, representatives from all of the high schools accompanied by their principals were on hand to receive Mr. Patel’s donation. The donation first includes a six-month supply of sanitary napkins, of which schools will extend their supply according to the needs of their respective schools.

For his part, Mr. Patel said he is honored to have had the opportunity to help, especially as he believes that sanitary pads for all girls are not a luxury but a necessity. He expressed the hope that the excellent partnership and collaboration with the Government will continue in efforts to continue providing a helping hand to support the community.

Also present at the event were the Minister of Education, Dr. Justin Valentin, members of the National Assembly of the Women’s Parliamentary Caucus, the Principal Secretary of the Education Sector, Mr. John Lesperance, the Principal Secretary of Family Affairs , Mr. Clive Roucou, Ministry of Education. officials and other distinguished guests.

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