The women and girls’ right of access menstrual hygiene products
Keywords:Right of Access Menstrual Products, Rights of Women and Girls, Menstrual Hygiene Management, Financial Hardship
The right to access menstrual products guarantees that every woman and girl has the right of access to all adequate, acceptable, and affordable menstrual pads and menstrual hygiene materials (i.e. reusable pads, disposable pads, menstrual cups and tampons) related to the menstrual hygiene management (MHM) regarding the needs of menstruating girls and women and the purpose for tackling the lack of access to hygiene menstrual products due to financial constraints. This academic article seeks to consolidate in one place key women and girls’ fundamental rights covering the opportunity to access hygiene sanitary products and understand the importance of good MHM to reduce the health risk of getting lack of access to safe and affordable sanitary products. It also examines the extent to which the legal aspects promote the objectives of the MHM and the focus on women and girls’ rights in law and policy that the women and girls’ right of access menstrual products can be interpreted within the legal frameworks that support freedom of free access to pads, tampons and other menstrual products as it applies to free pads and tampons provided by public bodies, or in a wider sense to encompass both Government's commitment to provide free pads and tampons to all women in domestic jurisdiction and circulation of free-of-charge pads and tampons at educational institutes (i.e. universities, academies, institutes, polytechnics and schools), where the menstruating women students’ right of access to menstrual hygiene products like pads and tampons should be promoted by the State.
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