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Free tampons and pads are coming to New York City’s public schools, prisons and homeless shelters.

The city will be the first in the US to introduce such a program. New York City council voted unanimously  for a series of measures to provide menstrual hygiene products free of charge in public schools, prisons and homeless shelters.

The bills are not yet law as Mayor Bill de Blasio needs to enact them, but he is a supporter, he says, “because tampons and pads aren’t luxuries – they’re necessities”.

The measures were sponsored and promoted by city councilor Julissa Ferrares-Copeland, who says “periods have been stigmatized for too long”.

She said she was happy to be known as the “period legislator”.


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