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Avoid dropping out of school and menstrual insecurity by distributing free periodic protection: this is what New Zealand has just decided. According to Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister, a study showed that around 1 in 12 teenage girls did not go to school during their period due to lack of access to sanitary protection.

“Young people should not miss their education because of something normal for half of the population,” said the Prime Minister.

“Providing free protections at school is a way for the government to directly tackle poverty, help increase school attendance rates and have a beneficial effect on the well-being of children.”

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The continuation of a pilot project

The program will start in June and cost NZ $ 25 million (€ 15 million) over three years. A pilot project, tested last year, had shown that thanks to this program, students were more involved and that their academic results were better.

“Menstrual insecurity” affects women who cannot afford to buy sanitary napkins and tampons. Associations such as Restos Du Coeur appeal to the generosity of the French during collections. They also sensitize them to “menstrual precariousness”.

Last year Scotland became the first nation in the world to provide privacy in all public buildings.