Mexico City had previously banned other objects made of plastic, such as cups and straws, but now it went further and decided to ban menstrual tampons that contain applicators. However, the decision of the Mexican capital made women furious.
Without waiting for the decision, more than 30 organizations filed an official complaint with the city’s anti-discrimination body, accusing the local power – currently headed by Claudia Sheinbaum – of violate women’s rights.
The organization Dignified Menstruation argues that city officials have forgotten that more than 30% of people in Mexico City live in poverty and more than 2% do not have access to drinking water, which makes the use of alternatives, such as menstrual cups, which are more expensive, more challenging.
Activists argue that, with the ban, government officials are helping to widen gender differences and generate “menstrual poverty”.
The rule came into force in January of this year, and the Twitter it was immediately overwhelmed by criticism from users who claimed that the local government did not issue a prior warning on the implementation of the new rule.
Several activists question why it was decided to ban a product so vital that it produces a small amount of waste.
“Although the proportion [de plástico] may be small, it is important for us ”, explained Marina Robles, responsible for the Environment portfolio, VICE.
Robles guarantees that this “was a very technical, well-studied measure, associated with the shape of the tampon applicator, as it can get stuck in the throat and stomach of the animals”, he added.
On social media many women question why the product was banned while Coca-Cola continues to sell various types of plastic bottles all over the country.
For now, as the new law banning tampons with a plastic applicator is being applied in some stores and not in others, women in the Mexican capital are trying to buy as many tampons as they can.
Ana Isabel Moura, ZAP //