A law was passed by a leftist deputy to allow for free distribution of hygienic products in Brazil to combat menstrual insecurity.
Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro vetoed a law that would have allowed free distribution of sanitary products. This has caused a stir in Brazil where many poor women don’t have access to basic hygiene products during periods.
Le hashtag #FreeToMenstruarThe hashtag “free to have your period” has been trending for over a week on social media. Many celebrities have taken to Twitter to voice their disapproval of the October 7 presidential veto.
“What century are we living in? We have to fight for the obvious. We are still treated poorly. Menstrual insecurity has been a reality for years in our country ”, wrote that Preta Gil, the daughter of Gilberto Gil, was one example of an Instagram post.
“Bolsonaro showed all his misogyny with this veto. We cannot be silent, we are talking about the dignity of thousands of women ”Marilia Arraes, a leftist MP, condemned the bill and hoped to have the power to cancel the presidential veto in parliament.
Thursday night, President Bolsonaro stated in his weekly Facebook Live that he would have to. “To deal”To find funds to distribute sanitary napkins free of charge if the veto has been canceled.
This law will benefit over 5 million women, which includes students from working-class areas and inmates.
Jair Bolsonaro asserts that the text does no provide for a source to fund and that he would be forced. “Withdraw funds from your health or education budget.”. “I don’t intend to increase taxes or create additional ones to finance it”He insisted.
The UN’s Brazilian branch of Girl Up (an NGO founded in 2010 in Brazil) states that one in four Brazilian adolescent girl must not attend school for at least three days per month. “She was not able to have her period with dignity.”.
According to a Unicef report on the “Menstrual poverty, Brazil”More than 4 million girls don’t have access to a bathroom or a shower in their homes, and 713,000 girls are deprived of them. “No hygiene facilities in schools”.