The objective is to combat the so-called ‘menstrual poverty’ by giving young women with financial difficulties access to feminine hygiene products
As of March, the France will distribute tampons and other feminine personal hygiene products to university students. The minister of Higher Education, Frédérique Vidal, said on Tuesday, 23, that until the return of winter holidays in the Northern Hemisphere, 1,500 distributors will be installed in transit points, residences and toilets of universities across the country. The plan is part of a strategy by the French government to help young women with financial difficulties to purchase these products.
A survey by the Federation of General Student Associations (Fage) points out that 33% of the people interviewed by the survey needed financial assistance to buy these products, with one in ten forced to manufacture them on their own. In December 2020, France announced that the 2021 budgets would include five million euros to combat what it calls “menstrual poverty”, representing an increase of four million compared to previous ones.
* With information from EFE