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New Westminster School Board Votes To Introduce Free Pads & Tampons In Schools

Free Menstrual Products

The New Westminster School Board made a huge announcement on Tuesday and it’s being welcomed by many.

In a historic decision, the Board of Education for New Westminster Schools voted to supply free pads and tampons in school bathrooms.

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Trustees also voted to endorse the Period Promise campaign by United Way of the Lower Mainland.

The campaign, which runs March 7th to April 4th, “invites people to donate menstrual products, to organize their own collection drive, or to commit to providing menstrual products free of charge in facilities” reads a statement.

After this historic decision, New Westminster is now the first and only school district in the province to fund free pad and tampon dispensers at all its schools.

A delegation of United Way representatives presented at the February 26 meeting, alongside Vancouver resident and activist Selina Tribe.

However, they’re not stopping just yet.

The school board will “engage the British Columbia School Trustees Association (BCSTA) to request that the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Finance fund all B.C. school districts, to purchase, install and supply free tampon and pad dispensers bathrooms in every school in the Province”.

This move is applauded by numerous groups and comes just ahead of International Women’s Day which is on March 8th.

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