Make period products free and accessible for UNH students

Make period products free and accessible for UNH students

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Kat Kurgan started this petition to University of New Hampshire

Period products should be free and accessible to all UNH students. When living at a university, students have all of their necessities paid for and provided for. They live in dorms, eat at the dining hall, and have health services readily available allowing students to focus on their studies. Pads and tampons should be included in the list of these necessities. Typically when you enter a public or dorm bathroom the toilet paper, soap and paper towels are restocked daily and are free. However, pads and tampons come from a dispenser on the wall that you must pay for with change. Many students don’t have the money, specifically change, to pay for these period products and many students don’t have time for a job. The price of good quality pads and tampons are unreasonably high which makes it very difficult for students to be buying every month. Therefore, period products are something that the University can and should provide to students.

Oftentimes when period products are unavailable students with periods will resort to other methods to protect themselves. Poor menstrual hygiene like leaving tampons in past the instructed amount of time can cause serious health problems and can potentially lead to death. Some studies link poor menstrual hygiene to cervical cancer. Giving students easier access to period products will eliminate the need to overuse each product. Christina Vo, a youth advisory council member for School-Based Health Alliance, writes for Vox, “New York City passed a law that provides schools, jails, and shelters in the city with free tampons and pads. Schools that participated in a pilot project in 2015-16 that provided menstrual products for free saw a 2.4% increase in attendance”. Not only will providing free menstrual products benefit the students but can possibly boost the Universities attendance rate.

By signing this petition, you are helping us create a safer, healthier, and happier community at the University of New Hampshire. You are helping to end the menstrual stigma. Menstruation is normal, and everyone that menstruates deserves to be able to do so healthily, without worry, and without putting their life or someone else’s at risk because they cannot afford these products. The fight for menstrual equity has been going on for many years, but at the University of New Hampshire, we can make a change.

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