New Zealand, free sanitary pads in all schools – Oceania


All schools in New Zealand will offer starting from June sanitary napkins and other products free to pupils with the aim of defeating the phenomenon of ‘menstrual poverty’. The BBC reports. The New Zealand government is in fact worried that many female students do not go to school when they are on periods because they cannot afford to buy sanitary pads.

“Young people should not give up on education because of something that is part of the life of half the population,” she said premier Jacinda Ardern pointing out that one in 12 pupils in New Zealand skips school due to ‘menstrual poverty’. The measure will cost the government about $ 18 million between now and 2024.

The Scotland was the first country in the world to make sanitary pads and other cycle-related products free.