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Period Products Made Accessible

New Zealand Government is to provide free sanitary products in schools.

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Age BracketTeens, Young Adults
GeographyNew Zealand, Europe

Period poverty is a deep-rooted phenomenon in most countries of the world, access to sanitary pads and tampons are considered as a luxury. They are even taxed as a luxury good in most nations of the world, including India, but they are unerringly a necessity.

With the announcement to provide free sanitary products in school, New Zealand has come forward to tackle the issues of period poverty. It is seen that almost 95,000 girls in the country between the ages of 9-18 years skip school during their menstrual cycles due to not being able to afford hygiene products. Sanitation and access to sanitary products come under human needs and with this thoughtful step, New Zealand has indeed set an example for the world. The New Zealand Government plans to invest $ 1.7 million in the initiative and they plan to expand the program nationwide by 2021.

References – CNN

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The action by New Zealand is greater step towards sustainability and humanitarian action, and a model for other nations to look up to. Menstruation is a taboo in many parts of the world and the issues underlying are often overlooked. But with this judicious step the world is expecting to see a revolutionary change in other parts of the world.


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