Following Turkey’s full lockdown policy, the sale of products other than those related to “mandatory needs” is banned. The Ministry of Interior’s decision means that markets will not be able to sell products such as electronic goods, toys, clothing and alcohol.
According to reports from women, food and cleaning products can be sold in the markets but there is a ban on sexual health products, and even sanitary pads are not being sold.
Women on social media reacted to the ban, launching a Twitter campaign with the hashtag #PedYasaklanamaz (pad cannot be banned) and asked “Is menstruation also banned?”
My country is in a lockdown rn and just banned buying tampons and pads from supermarkets because apparently they're not "compulsory" needs#PedYasaklanamaz pic.twitter.com/1cPbwQ4y5M
— Nazra⁷🧈🍊| butter is coming| tae drop the mixtape (@nzrshngz) May 7, 2021
A large number of users posted #PedYasaklanamaz on Twitter, criticising the apparent ban. “Sanitary pads are compulsory for us. What should we do? Should we wait for the ban to end before we menstruate?”