'Menstrual hygiene fundamental right': Kerala to install sanitary napkin vending machines in schools

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Thiruvananthapuram: In a significant step towards promoting menstrual hygiene, the Kerala government has announced its decision to install sanitary napkin vending machines in all schools across the state.

Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the government recognises menstrual hygiene as a fundamental right.

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The project will make sanitary napkins easily accessible to girls within the school premises, eliminating the need for them to search for or request these essential products discreetly.

The introduction of these vending machines will not only address the practical needs of girls but also promote awareness of menstrual hygiene.

“This project aims to break taboos, foster health, and empower our girls to soar with confidence!” wrote the chief minister on social media.

Kerala government had earlier issued an order granting menstrual leaves in all state varsities. The government has also granted a maximum of 60-day maternity leave for all those female students aged 18 or above.

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