New Zealand offers free sanitary products to poor female students
All schools in New Zealand will offer free period products from June, as part of efforts to stamp out period poverty.
Authorities are concerned that some female students are skipping classes because they cannot afford products such as tampons and Sanitary Pads.
The move follows a successful pilot programme last year in 15 schools.
Prime minister Jacinda Ardern said young people should not miss out on their education because of something that is a normal part of life for half the population.”
The scheme will cost the New Zealand government $18m from now to 2024.
Last November, Scotland became the first place in the world to offer sanitary products free for “anyone who needs them”, including at public places.
In England, free period products were rolled out in all primary and secondary schools last year.
A handful of US states have also passed laws mandating that free period products have to be provided in schools.
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