Hygienic protection will be free at the start of the next school year for all students in the university residences of the Crous and the university health services, announced the Minister of Higher Education, Frédérique Vidal, Tuesday February 23. This decision is part of the fight against the precariousness of young people.
In the coming weeks, the university residences of the Crous and the university health services will be equipped with dispensers of hygienic protection, announced Ms. Vidal during a meeting in Poitiers with students. “We are aiming for 1,500 distributors and full free admission at the start of the school year”, she added.
“Menstrual insecurity” affects women who cannot afford sanitary napkins, tampons and pain medication. Last year Scotland became the first nation in the world to provide privacy in all public buildings.
In a report published in February 2020, the deputies Laëtitia Romeiro Dias (La République en marche, LRM) and Bénédicte Taurine (La France insoumise) advocated the installation of menstrual protection dispensers in certain public places, to which homeless women could have access thanks to prepaid cards.
Among their 47 recommendations are also measures to combat the lack of information on the subject, particularly in colleges, or through clear information from manufacturers on the use of certain protections and the risk of toxic shock.