Gender-neutral packaging for school menstrual products is “paramount,” advisory group insists


As part of its plan to introduce free menstrual products in all schools, an advisory committee with the Ottawa Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) claims it’s “paramount” that the tampons and pads provided to students include gender-neutral packaging. A January 28, 2021 report by the OCDSB’s Advisory Committee on Equity outlines the proposed Menstrual Equity (ME) Project which was passed at the beginning of this year. The project hopes to provide “coin-free” menstrual hygiene product dispensers in all student washrooms from grade 4 to 12 by September 2022. “Consideration for the needs of all student demographics in the implementation and maintenance of this initiative is paramount, for example, private and unsupervised access, usage of gender-neutral language and packaging,” reads the report.

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