Deputy Minister of Information and Communication Technology Emma Theofelus has called on parliamentarians to discuss and debate possible tax exemption or tax reduction on all menstrual products in Namibia. The Namibia press agency reports that the deputy minister’s call follows recent appeals by local activists and non-governmental organisations for the provision of free sanitary pads to vulnerable women and girls especially school-going learners. As far back as 2019, Gender Equality Minister Doreen Sioka announced in parliament that only 17 per cent of girls living in rural areas have access to improved sanitary services. She said this means that more than 80 per cent of women in those areas are deprived of the privacy and infrastructure required for healthy, safe, and hygienic menstrual management.