Imagine having to go without sanitary protection to be able to buy basic items such as food and clothes. This is the problem facing many Zimbabwean women today.
Over 90 per cent of Zimbabweans are unemployed and 80 per cent of the population live below the poverty line. Women bear an unequal burden of the crisis with a HIV/AIDS prevalence rate of 21 per cent and a life expectancy of just 43 years.
The economic situation in Zimbabwe means proper sanitary protection is expensive and many women resort to using unhygenic alternatives.
Some women use newspapers, rags, leaves and bark as a substitute to sanitary pads.
This leads to infections and an increased risk of contracting STIs such as HIV
It can lead to infertility and causes social embarrassment
Many women cannot go to work and girls cannot go to school when they have their periods
What ACTSA does
ACTSA works in close partnership with the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU)
Together, we raise awareness and funds to provide the women of Zimbabwe with safe and hygienic sanitary protection
Since 2005, we have distributed more than seven million free sanitary products
Watch our Dignity video for more information.
Although the 2009 political agreement has brought some stability to Zimbabwe, the economic situation is still a real concern. You can read more about what life is like for women in Zimbabwe here: