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第247期(2017/08/03出刊)

沒錢買衛生棉 烏干達少女被迫缺課

 Ugandan girls are missing school because they can't afford women's hygiene products. Some menstruating schoolgirls have been locked in dormitories while their peers were in class. According to the United Nations, one in 10 African school girls misses school during menstruation. Because they fall behind in their studies, many eventually drop out of school.
 At Wampewo Ntakke Secondary School outside the capital, Kampala, authorities have kept menstruating girls inside dormitories because there isn't any running water and some girls, lacking sanitary pads, stink in class. But there is another problem: imported sanitary pads are quickly filling up the outhouses. People need to empty them often and that costs more money.
 The school's board decided in 2013 that it would be wiser to provide locally made, biodegradable sanitary pads to all schoolgirls. This one move has just about stopped girls' absences linked to this problem. The pad is called Makapad and was made by an academic from Uganda.
 About 34 percent of Uganda's population lives below the poverty line on less than NTD 60 (USD 2) per day. So NTD 20 for a pack of 10 Makapads is a lot of money for Ugandans.

 在烏干達,女學生因為買不起生 理用品而缺課。一些少女在生理期 時,會被校方鎖在宿舍,其他同學 則繼續上課。聯合國指出,十分之 一非洲女學生在月經來時缺課,許 多人跟不上課業進度,最後輟學。
 位於首都坎帕拉市郊的旺培沃. 恩塔克中學,校方把月經來潮的學 生鎖在宿舍,理由是學校沒有自來 水,而學生因為沒有衛生棉墊可用 ,身上會有異味。另外還有個問題 :進口衛生棉很快就塞滿廁所,人 們必須常清理,而這要花更多錢。
 2013年,旺培沃.恩塔克中學董 事會決定提供在地生產、可生物分 解的衛生棉給所有女學生,這項措 施幾乎讓女學生不再因此缺席。該 校提供的衛生棉「MakaPad」,是 烏干達一名學者所研發。
 烏干達34% 人口生活在貧窮線 以下,每天生活費不到新臺幣60 元(約2 美元)。一包10 片裝衛 生棉要價新臺幣20 元,對烏干達 人民是一筆大支出。

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