They demand that menstruation products be free and sustainable

The commission that promotes the ‘Tres Voltes Rebel’ initiative so that menstruation products are free for women faces the final stretch of its campaign to collect signatures. The objective is to present more than 10,000 signatures from the entire Valencian Community in two weeks to promote a legal change that guarantees universal access to these products.

The promoters calculate that there are 1.4 million women in the Valencian Community between the ages of 10 and 54 who spend, in total, almost 58 million euros each year on their menstruation, and who also generate tons of waste.

The legal representative of the initiative, María Pérez, explains that this represents an economic injury for more than half of the population and it is necessary for the Generalitat to promote the acquisition of sustainable products for menstruation free of charge. The campaign ends in two weeks and in the next few days information tables will multiply throughout the territory to collect signatures.

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Avoid pollution

The Popular Legislative Initiative also calculates the amount of waste generated by menstruation if non-reusable pads are used and compared with other more sustainable methods such as the menstrual cup. According to the calculations of the initiative, the environmental impact generated by the pads in a year is 2,600 tons of waste in the Valencian Community, compared to almost 12 tons that would be generated if only the menstrual cup was used. For this reason, the text proposes that gratuity be limited to these objects or to cloth and natural fiber compresses.

The initiative proposes that the Generalitat take care of guaranteeing the access of all women to these products and that the City Councils open collection points to facilitate access. It is also sought that all public buildings in the Valencian Community have menstruation products available free of charge.

They ask for a legal change in Les Corts

María Pérez explains that all the signatures are collected in person because Les Corts does not allow the collection of signatures through the internet. For this reason, it asks the regional parliament to enable a telematic voting procedure.

Pérez thanks “the thousands of Valencian men and women who have contributed their signature so that the right to universal access to sustainable products for menstruation becomes a reality”.

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