The New Zealand government has announced it is to provide free period products across schools in the country.
PM Jacinda Ardern said sanitary supplies for a monthly period were not a luxury, but a necessity and too many girls were skipping school because they weren’t able to afford pads and tampons. Fifteen Waikato schools will have access to free products from term three of this year.
“We know that nearly 95,000 nine-to-18-year-olds may stay at home during their periods due to not being able to afford period products,” Ardern said. “By making them freely available, we support these young people to continue learning at school.”
At the beginning of this year, the UK government launched its free period product scheme across schools in England.