Students at public schools in Willoughby returned to school this week with access to free menstrual hygiene products thanks to the NSW Government.
More than 4600 dispensers have also been installed in public schools across the state to support young women overcome barriers in accessing menstrual hygiene products.
Member for Willoughby Tim James praised the rollout of this program for the start of the 2023 school year.
“Getting your period should not be a barrier to education. I want young women in Willoughby to feel comfortable in knowing they have access to free sanitary products when they need, in their school,” Mr James said.
“Evidence shows that providing sanitary items has a very positive impact on educational engagement and attainment, so we know this program is going to make a huge difference to the education of our students.”
Minister for Women Bronnie Taylor said the Liberal and Nationals Government have delivered what many young women have been calling for.
“This statewide rollout of period products will ensure our young women have the support they need, with dignity and without barriers, as they continue their education journey,” Ms Taylor said.