BML provides access to sanitary pads at the workplace

Bank of Maldives (BML), on March 7, 2019, announced the decision to provide sanitary pads free of charge from all its branches and departments to all its female employees. (File Photo)

Bank of Maldives (BML) has joined the #FreeThePad movement by ensuring access to sanitary pads - free of charge - to all its female employees from the workplace.

In a tweet this Thursday, BML noted that essential necessities such as sanitary pads at the workplace make a huge difference for women.

BML reports it employs 500 women in its different branches and departments across Maldives, all of whom will have access to sanitary pads from their workplace starting from this Thursday.

BML made the announcement in celebration of the Women’s Day.

The Parliament moved to abolished taxation of maternity and menstruation pads and tampons via an amendment to the GST Act with the unanimous consensus of 73 parliamentarians on November 28, 2018. The legislature – one of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s electoral pledges - was ratified on December 3, 2018, and took effect on December 10, 2018.