Female students at public schools across the state will soon have free access to menstrual hygiene products, following a successful trial in 31 schools.
The $30 million program will make sure female students can participate in all aspects of school life. It aims to provide schools with dispensers, tampons and pads for free.
Member for Oatley, Mark Coure said, that this was a much-needed initiative to ensure that young women have access to menstrual products, and are absolutely comfortable whilst at school.
“With NSW Women’s Week being this week, this announcement truly could not come at a better time,” Mr Coure said.
“Furthermore, I have set up a ShareTheDignity foundation donations box in my electorate office where sanitary items and menstrual products can be donated to Australian women in need.”
Minister for Education, Sarah Mitchell said, this is an important milestone for female students.
“Getting your period should not be a barrier to education. I want our young women to feel comfortable in knowing they have access to free sanitary products when they need them,” Minister Mitchell said.
The announcement of the program comes after a pilot at 31 pilot schools in South Western Sydney and the Dubbo region, which saw sweeping positive impacts to educational outcomes.
Minister for Women, Bronnie Taylor said, the state-wide rollout is what many young women have been calling for.
“By openly discussing periods, endometriosis and reproductive health we are removing the taboo around women’s health issues,” Minister Taylor said.
The Department of Education will work with each school to discuss options for the location of the dispensers and facilitate installation through external contractors.
The program is expected to be rolled out to every school by the end of June.