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Menstrual insecurity: free periodic protection for female students

The Minister of Higher Education, Frédérique Vidal, announced Tuesday February 23, 2021 that in order to fight against menstrual insecurity, periodic protection would be free for students from the start of the September 2021 school year.

Periodic coverage for female students from September 2021

Menstrual insecurity affects more and more women. To fight against this phenomenon, the Minister of Higher Education, Frédérique Vidal, announced that from the start of the school year in September 2021, periodic coverage would be free for female students.

The minister made the announcement during a meeting with students in Poitiers. Frédérique Vidal explained that periodic protection would be available in university health services but also in the residences of the Crous. We are aiming for 1,500 distributors and full free admission at the start of the school year . The Minister added that this decision was not purely governmental but had been decided after joint work with various actors, such as the Elementary Rules association for example and students.

Progress still insufficient for some student associations

A step forward against the fight against menstrual precariousness at the national level, so far confined to regional initiatives, such as the Ile-de-France region, which had announced its intention to set up free distributors in universities and university residences. An advance certainly, but which remains insufficient for some student organizations such as UNEF, which estimates that the share of the budget for the fight against menstrual insecurity – 5 million euros in 2021 – was too low.

The decision of the Minister of Higher Education comes shortly after the publication on February 8, 2021 of a report by the Federation of General Student Associations (Fage) on menstrual insecurity. The report then put forward that 33% of the students were in a precarious period of menstruation. Worse still, according to this study, one in ten students must manufacture their own protections.

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