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VISION ZAMBIA UNHAPPY WITH MILLY BEAUTY’S SENTIMENTS ON PERIOD POVERTY


Lusaka ~ Fri, 09 April 2021

By Brightwell Chabusha

Vision Zambia Initiative is saddened by sentiments expressed by a guest on Tuvwange Lifestyle TV Show, Milly of Milly Beauty Products.

Vision Zambia Initiative Director Namutula Sindila, said negative and uninformed sentiments from people, especially famous social media personalities, have the potential to derail good intentions meant to help Zambian girl children.

During the show which aired on Zambezi Magic at 21:30 on Thursday, 08 April 2021, Milly is quoted to have said “there is no period poverty unless mwana sanvela chabe”.

Ms. Sindila said Milly, like many other people, may need to understand the definition of period poverty and the impact it has on young girls affected by it.

“An average 1 million girls in Zambia will miss about 45 days of their yearly school calendar because of their inability to afford hygienic absorption methods during their menses. Apart from that, schools mainly in rural areas have no adequate sanitation or private bathrooms where girls can clean themselves”, Ms. Sindila.

In a statement released today, Ms. Sindila said Vision Zambia Initiative is of the view that Tuvwange Lifestyle Talk Show was a good platform that could have been used to highlight the many challenges that a lot of girls face and probably advocate for better prices or at least scrapping off of “Tampon Tax” which is levied on sanitary products.

“The platform could have been used to lobby for policy implementation after the Menstrual Bill which was passed in Parliament in 2019 which is yet to materialize. I wish to thank Natasha for supporting the call to distribute free pads as opposed to distribution of free condoms,” Ms. Sindila.

Ms. Sindila has appealed to the producer of the show to invite guests who better understand period poverty to comment on the matter.

20 Comments

  1. Bbolex

    Point there people should not be percieved to be wise just because they are full of mouth let the wise come forth

  2. Benjamin mulonda snr

    HELP OUR GIRL TO REALISE THEY DREAMS

  3. Chichi

    Great reasoning there. Women need to step and help the girl child especially in rural setups. Beautiful and sensible peace of writing. Thank you

  4. Amos muyuni

    It grieves my heart when I critically think of how hard it becomes for our sisters to get along with nature. Things of choice ( sex) is aided by free distribution of condoms, Whatmore should we have done to a poor girl child in villages of kaputa, lufwanyama, masaiti mention them. I regret the comment she gave.

  5. Mabvuto

    That’s what you get, when you invite a person with a wide social media bandwidth to comment on serious matters. Sanitary pads should be given freely to girls of 18yrs and younger, at least they have a future compared to some loud social media personalities.

  6. Chinkutu

    I concur with the view that there is no period poverty unless mwana sanvela .
    People, how have we managed ourselves all along? Aren’t these period sanitary wear just two decades old? How then did we manage the issue before their introduction? I shudder on how we easily get swayed by simple coinage of problems by some people seeking eminence. How did our lead women manage themselves then? The answer is through kunvela. However if free things are there distribute them but this is not sustainable. Mark this word.

    • Dsk

      Our women managed themselves well according to the prevailing conditions then which is totally different from today’s conditions. Then on one knew pads but today even a village girl knows about them everyone needs to have as show case. If others can manage and others not then the problem comes in where by those who can’t manage can shun school until such a time when they’re OK. They feel ashamed to wear pieces of clothes while their colleagues are wearing pads. That’s where period poverty comes in and the need to help the needy. So don’t criticise certain things for the sake of being heard we’re leaving in modern world. We never used to have cell phones but cellphones are a necessity now would you shun a cellphone just because our forefathers didn’t use it, no! Let girls be helped with free sanitary clothing it will boost their self-esteem, thank you.

      • Counselor JT

        Well explained there. Life is dynamic and as such every organism around it is dynamic. Let the girl child be supported with sanitary products and even much more. We want to empower the girl child all the way and this is but one of the support we can advocate for. All women know how difficult it is when it’s that time of the month. It has no age – even elderly women wi attest to the uncomfortabilties they experience!! Let’s be real when dealing with certain issues, labelling a girl child will not help her but let’s advocate for support for menstrual hygiene. Thumbs up to all in favour of Menstrual Hygien.

    • L.phiri

      Yes,you are right,these pads just been here few decade,our grand grand have never used them or see them.milly just expressed her views.she was right on her on view.If anyone has free pads they can distribute them for free without advertising themselves.

      • Changing of technology, etc people have to move with the present situation, eg those days we had cellular phones, whatsp, etc now technology has advanced even pads have to advance as well.

        Technology has advanced there out girls have moved with it

    • Ndine

      Even if we say we can manage to give them out for free, how did it get to mwana samvela? Menses are not about musamvela, its natural biology….you and Milly same WhatsApp group…ignorant to the last drop

      • I think she meant mwana kusamvela when explained to that she can use utusalu

        I wish the presenter would have broken it down further

  7. Sosikisi sipitunda

    While the article is on point for supporting the girl child with free pads it has derailed on comparing with free distribution of condoms. I think the point that need to be made is that of free distribution of pads to a girl child in disadvantaged areas and not start condemning condom distribution. My take is again lack of understanding on free condom distribution because if this didn’t happen then it’s the same girl child who will suffer with stis unwanted pregnancy not to mention hiv. So the writer should have restricted herself to the issue of pads and not compare.

  8. Musa Kazimoto

    Milly is right people, look how did our for mothers manage to live without pads? how? this western culture which has made everyone to be a spokesperson for things that don’t even matter is taking over even the right senses and nature of we the Africans.we were not born with pads period and so there is no period hunger .Government has many important issues to address like real poverty spearheaded by high price of food staffs and not pads issue as that is an is he that can be sustained as our foremotherw did. democracy has a made everyone to open the mouth ,it’s just confuses us for no reason .

    • Sun

      Mule ikala dye Fino ifintu, if our for mothers lived like that that does not mean we do the same. Just because you walked long distance and bear feet when going to school doesn’t mean that your children do the same

  9. Uangaze

    Milly is right people, look how did our for mothers manage to live without pads? how? this western culture which has made everyone to be a spokesperson for things that don’t even matter is taking over even the right senses and nature of we the Africans.we were not born with pads period and so there is no period hunger .Government has many important issues to address like real poverty spearheaded by high price of food staffs and not pads issue as that is an is he that can be sustained as our foremotherw did. democracy has a made everyone to open the mouth ,it’s just confuses us for no reason .

  10. Zed Guru

    Milly is not an elite. She can’t articulate well on serious matters.

  11. Paul Mbewe

    I thank the co-ordinators to look at period poverty for a girl child in Zambia and a wild contributions from all those who understand the importance of helping our poor young aged girls not only in rural areas but all parts of Zambia. Congratulations once lm happy for your effort and positive contributions. God bless you all. Let’s leave those who have big mouth and empty minds over useful matters.

  12. Kalumbu

    She (Milly) is entitled to her opinion even if it is an unpopular one. It is through such divergent views that people are educated on the correct way forward. So we should thank her for saying it even though a larger number of people disagree with her sentiments.

  13. OJ

    Such Opinions are detrimental to the society. If you have salt in your home that does not mean your neighbor has. Indeed better to have free sanity pads for ladies than distributing free condoms.

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