Activist Boniface Mwangi on Tuesday took to social media to accuse Procter & Gamble of selling substandard sanitary pads to Kenyan women.
According to Mwangi, the pads are of inferior quality unlike what Procter & Gamble is selling in Western Countries. In his post on social media, the activist said that the pads have no ventilation, lead to discomfort, itching and rashes.
“I have followed the conversation on Always pads. My conclusion, Always pads sold in Kenya have harmed women. So? 1. Make a statement, buy Always, burn, record, post 2. Get a court order to stop their sale in KE pending investigations 3. MPs to demand a response from min. of health…Let me elaborate point 1, boycotting Always while sharing on social media isn’t enough. People upcountry will likely not hear about it but if you burn them, media will cover, create more awareness and Always will most definitely respond. Say Something. Do Something. #SemaUkweli,” Boniface Tweeted.
The Always Ultra pads we have in Kenya are similar to the Always pads in other parts of the world including Germany, UK, US, South Africa. All our pads including the ones in Kenya are designed and developed in Europe and the US .
— Always Kenya (@Always_Kenya) March 12, 2019
In response, Always insisted the pads were the same ones used in the US and Europe, and that the company is working tirelessly to improve their products.
“It breaks our hearts to hear that some of our products have not given you the best experience and we are here to work with you to get the right product from our 8 variants to meet your needs. We keep innovating and that’s why we’ve introduced our Ultrasoft pad this past weekend,” said Always in a statement.
This is another woman comparing your pads in Kenya and in the US. SO NOW!!!!https://t.co/q19nYp7vXx
— Scheaffer Okore (@scheafferoo) March 12, 2019
“All our products go through very rigorous regulatory tests and are also tested with real women to ensure that they are safe for use. The needs of our women and girls in Kenya are our number 1 priority, and we recognize that our consumers have evolving needs which is why we introduced our new product Always Soft which has a softer and more comfortable feel on the skin.”
Most Kenyans get their news from a Radio, there is a radio in almost every homestead, Matatu, car, kiosk, local bar, work places etc and your #AlwaysExperience should be a news item and topic on Radio. @ProcterGamble must explain why the pads they sell in Kenya are harming women. https://t.co/t2YcM4ncn2
— Boniface Mwangi (@bonifacemwangi) March 12, 2019