Tavira marks Menstrual Dignity Day

This Tuesday, May 28th

The Municipality of Tavira marked this Tuesday, May 28th, the International Day of Menstrual Dignity, highlighting the importance of combating the lack of access to basic conditions among people and the need to deconstruct prejudices and stereotypes.

According to UNICEF, 62% of people who menstruate said they have stopped going to school or somewhere they like because of menstruation and 73% have felt shame in these environments.

The Municipality of Tavira found that in order to implement “Fora do Lixo!”, distributing free menstrual eco-kits, it would not be able to address the use of sustainable and reusable menstrual products effectively if it did not address the issue in an integrated manner, namely, by developing materials such as menstrual health, education and gender equality.

Thus, since 2023, the Fora do Lixo! Project has been in force, which, according to the municipality, «allowed the debate on Menstrual Dignity, in the town hall, in partnership with the Portuguese Association of Women Jurists, and bringing the topic of menstruation to the table with the normality that should be associated with it, as well as distributing, to date, 600 menstrual eco-kits, through spontaneous requests from citizens, through online registration».

Alongside this, the Municipality took the project to the educational community (Escola Secundária de Tavira, Escola D. Manuel I, Escola D. Paio Peres Correia), institutional (students of the Irene Rolo Foundation training courses) and in economic vulnerability (Students scholarship holders and Beneficiaries of the Social Insertion Income measure), through awareness/information sessions, in which menstrual kits were delivered to all participants.

The free eco-kit consists of a menstrual cup size M, two reusable sanitary pads, sizes S and M, 1 informative guide and 1 reusable bag.

The objective is to “introduce more ecological menstrual products (with less environmental impact), more beneficial for health and more financially accessible, which reduces the problems related to menstrual poverty, thus having an impact on gender equality issues”, reinforces the Municipality.

Registration to participate in this project continues and can be made here