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Ecuador is preparing a law on free access to feminine hygiene products

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25 percent of Ecuadorian women have stopped using menstrual products during the pandemic due to lack of funds


The Commission on the Right to Health of the National Assembly of Ecuador is finalizing the text of the Menstrual Health and Hygiene Law, which could include a “menstrual permit” for people with disabilities and free access to feminine hygiene products.

The commission has led groups of women and experts in the field who have defended the need for these measures for girls and menstruating women due to the risk of comorbidities and ailments, according to the Ecuadorian newspaper El Universo.

They have also defended the promotion of menstrual education in all educational institutions and its extension to families, particularly in rural areas. They also mentioned access to water as an urgent need to ensure “dignified menstruation”.

According to a U-Report survey of 3,600 interviews with youth and young people from 23 Ecuadorian provinces, 25 percent said they stopped using menstrual management products due to lack of money due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and 27 percent say this despite having pain from their menstrual periods, they could not buy medicine.

92 percent believe free menstrual hygiene products are important and support educational institutions and health centers that provide free towels, tampons and other menstrual management items.

The survey also found that 44 percent of the population does not have access to toilet paper in the bathrooms of their educational institutions, while 58 percent say their school does not have adequate facilities to change clothes in a safe and private environment, nor do they have a suitable place to to dispose of used materials or to disinfect reusable materials.

31 percent of those surveyed missed class because of menstruation, mainly because of pain (37 percent) and fear of soiled clothing (31 percent). More than half (55 percent) say they have not received any specific classes or workshops on the subject at their school.


Source europapress.es

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