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Prices of hygiene products, one of the most important necessities for women, are fairly high in Turkey.
Dependending on its quality and brand, the price of a pack of sanitary pads varies between 5 and 15 TRY (~0.91 and 2.70 USD).
A group of women in Turkey has launched a petition for the Value Added Tax (VAT) to be reduced for hygiene products, saying, "8 percent of added value tax is charged for Viagra while 18 percent is charged for hygiene products, because these are not considered a necessity."
The following has been said in the petition launched on change.org:
"In Turkey, Viagra is considered a necessity with a VAT of 8 percent while women pay 18 percent VAT for hygiene products which they have to buy because of their periods but are not considered as a necessity.
While many countries remove these taxes, Turkey ignores the issue.
Support us to change this and sign our petition.
Justice, not sexism, is the matter for us."
Click here to sign the petition
About the Value Added Tax (VAT)
Value Added Tax (VAT) is a broad based consumption tax and is charged on the principle of adding an additional value to a product or service. It is a tax of the modern ages.
As of 2018, Value Added Tax is charged in 166 out of 193 countries. The US is the only country that does not charge Value Added Tax among the OECD countries
First applications similar to VAT took place in France in 1954.