According to the government, tampons and sanitary items are “luxuries”, which means women have to pay a five per cent levy on all the products, also referred to as the ‘tampon tax’. Protestors stood outside the Houses of Parliament “forgoing tampons and pads” to prove how essential the items really are.
On Monday the government narrowly won a vote by 305 to 287 to block an outright call for removing the 5 percent levy but did concede to raise the issue with EU leaders.
The protest was posted on social media, attracting a lot of attention – including over 11,000 likes on Facebook.
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