According to a study, one in 12 teenage girls does not go to school during their lifetime due to a lack of female protection, said Jacinda Ardern. “Young people should not miss out on their education because of something that is natural to half the population,” the prime minister said.
New Zealand in the footsteps of Scotland
“Providing free protection at school is a way for the government to directly tackle poverty, help increase school enrollment and have a beneficial effect on children’s well-being.” The program will start in June and will cost around NZ$25 million (€15 million) over three years.
She explained that it is following a pilot project that enabled students in the past year to participate more in their studies and achieve better academic results. The “insecurity of menstruation” affects women who cannot afford sanitary pads, tampons, and pain relievers. Scotland became the first country in the world last year To provide personal protection in all public buildings.
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