Free sanitary products for all New Zealand schools, Ardern announces
The announcement follows a successful pilot program launched around the middle of last year, which provided free term products to approximately 3,200 youth in 15 schools.
“Providing free-term products in school is one way the government can directly overcome poverty, increase school attendance and positively impact children’s well-being,” Orderon said in a statement.
“We want to see better busyness, learning and behavior, as fewer young people are missing from school due to their duration, and financial hardship among families of participating students has diminished.”
Speaking to reporters later in the day, Ardern said that research had shown that one in 12 youth were missing from school due to the issue. He said the program would cost NZ $ 25 million ($ 17.96 million) by 2024.
Women Minister Jan Tinetti said that problems with periods at school are “caught” by embarrassment, stigma, missing classes, without products, cost, lack of knowledge and inconvenience.
“Students sought information about periods, period products, and other practical elements of managing their periods, such as tracking and knowing when and who to access for assistance.”
He said that the government would work with suppliers in a phased manner under the scheme.
Ardern, the youngest female prime minister when she came to power in 2017, is seen as a global icon and a champion for women’s rights. He won a second term in October in preventing the spread of coronovirus on the back of his government’s success in elections.
Her pregnancy and maternity leave was a symbol of progress for women leaders in 2018. She made headlines around the world when she took her three-month-old daughter with her while attending the United Nations General Assembly in New York.