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Australia'Just as essential as toilet paper and soap': Schoolgirls to receive free tampons as $20.7million scheme is rolled out

09:20  11 september  2019
09:20  11 september  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland's proposal would make pads and tampons free in restrooms that serve 300,000 schoolgirls , and it would guarantee the products' availability to 23,000 women in homeless shelters and add the force of law to jail standards about sanitary supplies.

'Just as essential as toilet paper and soap': Schoolgirls to receive free tampons as $20.7million scheme is rolled out© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Schoolgirls will soon be able to get free tampons and pads as part of a mulit-million dollar scheme Schoolgirls will soon be able to get free tampons and pads as part of a multi-million dollar state government scheme.

The $20.7 million scheme, which began its roll out this week, will see the sanitary items made available in every public primary, secondary and specialist school in Victoria by the middle of next year.

'Pads and tampons are just as essential as toilet paper and soap,' Premier Daniel Andrews shared on Twitter.

'So from this week, we'll start supplying them in our public schools – free of charge.'

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“Because tampons and pads aren’t luxuries — they’re necessities. As Ferreras-Copeland put it: ‘A young girl should not have to tell her teacher, to then tell her counselor, to then be sent to the nurse’s office, to then be given a pad to then go back to the bathroom while a boy is already taking his exam

Girls at one of the first campuses to get the pads and tampons, University High School at Parkville in Melbourne's inner-north, say it'll make a big difference.

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'If, unexpectedly, we do get our period, it's really good to have the resources necessary so we can deal with this and move on our life,' one year eight student who did not want to be named said.

'We don't want our period to be stopping us from doing the rest of our actives, like sport and school.'

'Just as essential as toilet paper and soap': Schoolgirls to receive free tampons as $20.7million scheme is rolled out© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited 'We don't want our period to be stopping us from doing the rest of our actives, like sport and school,' one girl said The Andrews Labor government scheme was announced during last year's state election campaign.

Schools will also get free bins for sanitary products under the program.

The funding of $20.7 million is spread over four years.

'There's many girls and young women who can't access the sort of pads and tampons, sanitary products, easily,' Mr Andrews told journalists on Wednesday

'This is about dignity, it's about inclusive.'


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