We, the undersigned citizens of Ghana, write to you with a plea for fairness and justice in our nation’s taxation policies. As of March 15, 2024, there are reportedly 3511 churches operating within our borders, many of which engage in commercial activities such as consultations for a fee and the sale of local drinks like Sobolo, often marketed as symbolic of Jesus’s blood. Despite these profitable ventures, these churches evade taxation, depriving our government of much-needed revenue for development initiatives.

Furthermore, we are deeply troubled by the government’s decision to impose taxes on sanitary pads, essential products for women’s health and hygiene. Menstruation is a natural biological occurrence, not a luxury or a business opportunity. Yet, by taxing sanitary pads, the government places an unfair financial burden on women, particularly unemployed young women, who struggle to afford these necessities. This economic strain contributes to widespread challenges such as teenage pregnancies, perpetuating cycles of poverty and inequality.

We urgently call upon the government to take the following actions:

  1. Taxation of Churches: It is high time for churches and religious institutions to be held accountable for their commercial activities. By engaging in consultations for profit and selling beverages like Sobolo without contributing taxes, these establishments are exploiting loopholes in our taxation system. Implementing fair taxation policies for churches would ensure that they contribute their fair share to national development efforts.
  2. Removal of Taxes on Sanitary Pads: Menstrual hygiene products are essential for women’s health and well-being. Taxing these products not only exacerbates gender inequalities but also undermines efforts to promote women’s health and dignity. Removing taxes on sanitary pads is a crucial step toward ensuring menstrual equity and alleviating the financial burden on women, particularly those who are unemployed or economically disadvantaged.
  3. Addressing Socioeconomic Impacts: The intersectionality of taxation policies and social issues cannot be ignored. High taxes on sanitary pads disproportionately affect women’s access to education, employment, and health care, perpetuating cycles of poverty and inequality. By implementing fair taxation policies and investing in menstrual health education and accessibility programs, the government can empower women and promote gender equality.

In conclusion, we urge the government of Ghana to prioritize fairness, equity, and justice in its taxation policies by taxing churches appropriately and scrapping taxes on sanitary pads. These measures are essential for building a more equitable society where all citizens have equal access to the resources and support they need to thrive.

We stand united in our call for action, and we implore the government to heed our petition for the betterment of our nation and its people.


William Boadi
Executive Director of Educate Africa Institute (EAI), Educationist, Political analyst, and Social Worker.

EAI: Promoting Quality Education, and Ensuring Social Justice.