New Zealand schools to provide free period products
All New Zealand schools will from June provide students with access to free menstrual products following a successful trial, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Thursday.
Why it matters: It's the latest sign a global push to stamp out period poverty by providing menstrual products at no cost or tax-free is gaining momentum.
- While NZ is one of the world's wealthiest nations, it's an expensive place to live and there's a housing shortage crisis.
Driving the news: A 2020 report by the charity KidsCan found up to 20,000 Kiwi students struggled to afford period products.
- There was concern that some students were avoiding attending class because they couldn't afford menstrual items.
- "Young people should not miss out on their education because of something that is a normal part of life for half the population," Ardern said in a statement.
- The schools scheme is expected to cost nearly US$18 million over three years.