Does the Zanu PF government expect Zimbabweans to believe that sanitary ware for women is now an issue of national security - that tampons and pads are lethal weapons?
Or perhaps the government can't bear to see civic society having the capacity to address the problems which are caused by the government's incompetence.
Or is this simply a question of ugly intimidation, designed to de-humanise and deliberately humiliate Zimbabwean women further?!
Press Release from the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU)
The [tag]Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions[/tag] has just received news that state security agencies last week seized a consignment of [tag]sanitary pads[/tag] meant for distribution to farmworkers in Zimbabwe's farming areas of Concession and Mvurwi.
The pads were allegedly seized by [tag]police [/tag]and later the dreaded [tag]Central Intelligence Organization[/tag] was drawn into the matter. The [tag]ZCTU [/tag]had given the General Agricultural and Plantation Workers' Union of Zimbabwe (GAPWUZ) its allocation of the pads sourced with the help of international partners.
On seizure, the farmworkers were told that the pads had been poisoned by former white commercial farmers, which is a blatant lie as the ZCTU, with the help of international partners and friends sourced for the sanitary ware.
However, the ZCTU is disturbed by this development because the sanitary pads were meant for women who cannot afford them. We deplore the actions of government, done through its security arms.
Efforts are currently underway to locate where the consignment of pads was taken to.
Please see this post for more information on the[tag] Dignity. Period![/tag] Campaign. It includes background information on the shortage of sanitary ware in Zimbabwe, and instructions on how to use our button to support the ZCTU and ACTSA campaign for [tag]Zimbabwe[/tag]n womens' dignity via your website or blog.
[tags]gender, womens' rights, freedom, justice[/tags]