South African MPs target 'the pink tax'

In Australia campaigners seek to stop the GST on sanitary products 

Among other initiatives worldwide, it is reported that in South Africa, Members of Parliament want the government to provide free and universal access to sanitary towels to poor women and to drop the value added tax on unavoidable sanitary products. 

MPs also decried the general high price of sanitary towels, saying it was about time that the Department of Trade and Industry introduced zero VAT rating on such products and they also called for South Africa to lead in the fall of the so-called “pink tax”. 

A major concern is that lack of access to sanitary products keeps young girls out of school.

In the UK the VAT - Vagina Added Tax - was removed following a vigorous campaign and debate.