In a study published Monday, February 8, 2021, the Federation of General Student Associations (Fage) highlighted the difficulties experienced by students in the purchase of their hygiene protections. Thus, according to Fage, 33% of female students find themselves in a precarious period of menstruation.
Growing menstrual insecurity among female students
The cost of sanitary protection is high and some women cannot afford such heavy expenses. According to the study conducted by Fage and published Monday, February 8, 2021, a woman would spend 285 euros per year in the purchase of her hygienic protections and in particular towels and tampons. A sum that rises to 3,420 euros when increased to the total duration of a woman’s menstrual cycles. Thus, more than 10% of women are confronted each month with a choice: to buy hygienic protections and to do without another essential product such as food or to do without protection.
According to this same study, 33% of students would be in a precarious monthly situation and would need financial assistance for the purchase of their protection. Worse yet, one in ten female students has to make their own protection. For the vice-president in charge of the fight against discrimination in Fage, Anna Prado De Oliveira: “ Knowing that one in 10 students makes their own personal protective equipment because they don’t have enough money to buy them, that one in twenty uses toilet paper, it was a real shock “.
Associations are setting up kits to help these women
To cope with this menstrual precariousness, associations have set up hygiene kits to help women who have difficulty affording hygienic protection. Thursday February 4, 2021, the Île-de-France region, for example, has announced the establishment of distributors of free hygienic protection in universities and student residences.
Many associations, such as the Georgette Sand collective, have made menstrual insecurity a battle and have succeeded in alerting politicians to this issue. In November, Scotland was the first country to vote completely free of sanitary protection.