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Menstrual Hygiene Day Marks Both Significant Progress and Work Still to Do

By Human Rights Watch
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Click to expand Image A pupil removes a free organic sanitary napkin from a dispenser at a high school in Meaux, east of Paris, France, on January 7, 2021. The Ile-de-France region installed free sanitary napkin dispensers in 31 high schools on an experimental basis in the last quarter of 2020, to fight against "menstrual precariousness." © 2021 Sarah Brethes/AFP/Getty Images Not long ago, talking about menstruation as a human rights issue raised eyebrows even within much of the human rights movement. The dismissiveness about the issue among many underscored both its stigma and the lack…


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