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To: David Clark, New Zealand Health Minister

Help end period poverty - subsidise menstrual cups

Help end period poverty - subsidise menstrual cups

Dear Minister, we ask you to make menstrual cups more affordable and accessible for women attending decile three or lower schools.

This petition aims to create a policy put in place nationwide by all District Health Boards.

Why is this important?

We are three young women (Kacey, Chloe, and Heleana) running a campaign called Menstrual Mana. The important social issue we are working on is making menstrual cups more affordable and accessible to the vulnerable - in particular, making menstrual cups free for girls who attend decile 3 or lower schools.

Menstrual Cups are a new product which were developed to help diminish the high pollution rates caused through other menstrual products such as pads and tampons. “The average woman uses roughly 11,000 tampons in her lifetime. The time it takes for a tampon or pad to degrade in a landfill is centuries longer than the lifespan of the woman who used it, particularly when wrapped in a plastic wrapper or bag. In addition, the process of manufacturing these products – turning wood pulp into soft, cotton-like fibres – is both resource- and chemical-intensive” (Rosie Spinks 2015, The Guardian).

However, even though menstrual cups reduce pollution, they’re also triple in price of a box of tampons/pads. The price of menstrual cups is an issue for many women in New Zealand, especially women who are still at school and don’t receive an ongoing income.

Sign this petition to show support towards Menstrual Mana's hope in making Menstrual Cups free for women who are in decile 3 or lower schools.

Period poverty 'a human rights issue' - https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/period-poverty-human-rights-issue-says-green-mp-golriz-ghahraman-some-girls-miss-school?auto=5825163987001

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Reasons for signing

  • because this is such an important and good cause!!
  • this is a basic needed necessity !!!!!!!
  • it should be a human right to have easy and affordable access to menstruation products, it shouldn't be harder than it already is to get your period !

Updates

2018-08-23 16:48:50 +1200

100 signatures reached

2018-08-23 13:09:39 +1200

50 signatures reached

2018-08-23 12:21:59 +1200

25 signatures reached

2018-08-23 11:59:04 +1200

10 signatures reached