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‘Women entrepreneurs can make Sajith’s ‘padman’ pledge a reality’

UNP Parliamentarian Dr. Thusitha Wijemanna speaks at the media conference yesterday. Picture by Saman Sri Wedage
UNP Parliamentarian Dr. Thusitha Wijemanna speaks at the media conference yesterday. Picture by Saman Sri Wedage

Attention has been drawn to manufacturing sanitary napkins locally at regional level with the aim to provide them free or at a reasonably low price, United National Party (UNP) Parliamentarian Dr. Thusitha Wijemanna said.

She was speaking at a media conference yesterday at the UNP elections operations office in Colombo.

Dr. Wijemanna said this was one of the promises made by UNP Presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa recently at an election rally. The manufacturing process of sanitary napkins can be carried out by entrepreneurs, especially by women entrepreneurs, at regional level.

“The sanitary napkin manufacturing process can be utilised for empowering women to become entrepreneurs. An entrepreneur or a group of entrepreneurs can carry out the regional-level manufacturing process. The necessary machines required for the production process have to be imported,” she said.

She said a significant number of women face difficulties by using unhygienic methods since they cannot afford to buy the quality sanitary napkins available in the market. It is not uncommon for women to contract infections mainly due to using unhygienic methods. Therefore it is a good move to provide high-quality sanitary napkins free or at an affordable price for women, especially for schoolgirls.

It has been revealed that certain countries including Scotland provide sanitary napkins free. In South Asia, even India and Bangladesh have been working on this issue, she said.

“I salute Sajith Premadasa for openly speaking on this matter. But it is regrettable that certain Opposition politicians laugh at this very human condition. Perhaps they have not been born from a womb of a woman,” she said.


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