French women mobilize against menstrual insecurity

According to the association Dons Solidaires, 1.7 million women in France lack feminine hygiene products. 

Sara Saidi
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Why this story matters:

The issue of hygiene products and period poverty has been under debate in France since 2015.

The first social actions on this issue aimed to reduce sale taxes on feminine hygiene products. The VAT on these products was reduced from 20% to 5.5% in December 2015. Now that this first goal has been achieved, the next purpose is now to help women in need, who cannot afford hygiene products.

In France, period-related products cost between 5 and 7 euros. According to an Ifop survey for Dons Solidaires, 8% of French women do not have enough feminine hygiene products. Therefore, they use toilet paper, or decide to change their menstrual pads less frequently. 

Elina Dumont, who was formerly homeless, told the Libération Newspaper that some months she was forced to use old newspapers instead of menstrual pads. She describes it as an humiliation and is fighting to ban the sales taxes on feminine hygiene products altogether. 

Since October 2018, a petition on change.org has asked for free period-related products for women in vulnerable situations. In the beginning of March, Dons Solidaires and the company Always France started a campaign -- for every menstrual pad bought or photo posted on the social media using the hashtag #NonALaPrecariteMenstruelle (no to menstrual insecurity), Always will donate hygiene products to Dons Solidaires. This action will last until April 31.

The March 8 feminist newsletter Les Petites Glo’ started a movement called #StopPrécaritéMenstruelle (Stop menstrual insecurity). The objective is to provide free and organic feminine hygiene products in all schools and high schools in France for September 2019. 

Details from the story:

  • In France 1.7 million women lack feminine hygiene products. 
  • In 2015, actions aimed to reduce sale taxes on feminine hygiene products. 
  • In France, period-related products cost between 5 and 7 euros 
  • 8% of French women do not have enough feminine hygiene products 
  • Since October 2018, a petition on change.org has asked for free period-related products for women in vulnerable situations
  • In the beginning of March, Dons Solidaires and the company Always France started a campaign to donate menstrual pads to women in vulnerable situations

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