To tackle “period poverty ” the New Zealand government will provide free sanitary products in schools across the country- where girls are unable to afford or access sufficient menstrual hygiene products.
“By making them freely available, we support these young people to continue learning at school,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said
Nearly 95,000 girls in the country aged nine to 18 are thought to stay home from school during their periods due to not being able to afford pads and tampons, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in a statement.
The New Zealand government is investing NZ$2.6 million ($1.7 million) for this scheme.
which will be first rolled out at 15 schools then The program will expand nationwide to all state schools by 2021
Several studies have exposed that period poverty impacts millions of people in the world’s richest nations, including the United States, United Kingdom and New Zealand.
A survey of 5,000 New Zealand woman by charity organisation KidsCan found some women were using toilet paper, newspaper or rags as they couldn’t afford proper sanitary products.
And around one in 12 students reported having missed school due to lack of access to sanitary products as per report
‘Menstruation is a fact of life for half the population and access to these products is a necessity, not a luxury. Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter said
This initiative was highly appreciated on Twitter:
Every developed country should have been doing this for decades! It should be as basic as having toilet paper & soap in schools.— Dr David C Thorp (@dc_thorp) June 3, 2020
New Zealand showing the rest of the world up again ☺️— sugarbinks (@shugahbeenks) June 3, 2020
Great policy??This is the happiest news I’ve read on twitter today— komy (@yyhk14) June 3, 2020
That’s good?✅— #NTVDANCEPARTY?? (@saulcollins5) June 3, 2020