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a fundamental right that must be at the heart of political debate

Because it’s a subject that deserves so much more than social greenwashing.

Because we are going to have in a new Parliamentary Assembly and a new government.

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Because we affect the general interest and public health.

Because it affects nearly 2 million women every month.

Because we are talking about legislation, purchasing power, European regulations, privacy, hygiene, security, traceability but also economy…

Because we have to put an end to the taboo of periods and smash it.

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Because it is abnormal, in 2022, to see middle school or high school girls not being able to change their sanitary protection during the day, at the risk of a sometimes fatal toxic shock.

Because it is intolerable to see students having to choose between their food budget and their hygiene budget.

Because it’s painful to have to use toilet paper at work to protect yourself when your period comes unexpectedly or is heavier than expected.

For all these reasons, ambitions and indignation, it seems vital to us to pose the fight against menstrual precariousness, which unites us and brings us together on a daily basis as professionals, as a fundamental right which must be at the heart of the democratic debate that we live right now. We live in a rule of law. Public health is one.

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If we now see colleges, high schools or companies equip themselves with dispensers of towels or tampons, these excellent initiatives are often the goodwill of a leader or an elected official. It’s time to go further and stronger. To change scale. To speed up. That, only the public power can breathe it, accompany it. The time is therefore no longer for incantations, but for actions. They are quite simple to implement.

“We want that everywhere”: distributors of periodic protection are essential against menstrual precariousness

First of all, the obvious: communicate on a large scale, massively, to raise awareness, popularize, alert on menstrual precariousness and make it a subject of society.

Second step, crucial, financial support to accelerate the deployment throughout the territory, of distributors of sanitary protection in schools and higher education establishments, in companies, administrations, communities, hospitals, public toilets, restaurants, sports halls… Make it a major national cause for the five-year term.

Third point, regulatory finally, at two levels. The draft decree prepared by the government to compel manufacturers to indicate “accurate, exhaustive, transparent consumption” of the “hygiene and intimate protection products” announced for the 1er January 2023 is great news. This is a first step and the new parliamentarians will have to go further by banning products such as adjuvants or perfumes, which are potentially toxic or irritating.

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Second level, that of Europe, since France is at the head of the presidency of the European Union until the end of the month. Change the European regulation of feminine hygiene protections for more transparency, safety, quality for users… Today, many of us are spending energy and making investments to move the lines while it is would suffice to add two small words in the European regulation 2017/745/UE. Two little words that would change history…

Some countries, such as Canada or the United States, consider tampons and cups to be medical devices, unlike Europe, which considers them consumer products. This European classification, as medical devices, would make it possible to raise the level of requirement on the safety and the control of these products, being able to generate serious risks (anaphylactic shock) related to their bad use. In the list of groups of products with no intended medical destination, but considered as medical devices, ocular lenses are part of it. When it is currently written “contact lenses or other articles intended to be introduced into the eye or placed on the eye”, it would suffice to add to it the notion of “mucosa” and the word “vagina” so that all intimate protections are considered medical devices: “Contact lenses or other items intended to come into contact with the mucous membranes of the eye or vagina. »

Madam Prime Minister. Ladies and gentlemen new parliamentarians, secretaries of state, ministers. Putting words on a taboo makes it possible to raise awareness but also to remove superfluous obstacles to democratize existing solutions to the most insidious evils.

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Clarisse Le Courtfounder and CEO – Claripharm laboratory

Jeanne Seguela-Bouchet, founding partner – Fava

Evelyn Gil Passet, founding partner – Fava

Dorothee Barth, co-founder – JHO

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Coline Mazeyrat, co-founder – JHO

Laure-Anna Galeandro-Diamant, president and founder – Association Bulles Solidaires

Melanie Dulize, President – Homeless Femininity

Abdelaali El Badaoui, Founding President – Banlieues Santé

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Rajaa Moussadik, France of the heart

Mona Amirouche, Co-founder – Banlieues School

Camille Perles, Women’s Coffee

Chantal Fabre Clergue, Midwife specialized in perineal rehabilitation – les Baleines bleues

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Dr Thierry Harvey, President Solipam, President RSPP, Head of Maternity Department GH Diaconesses Croix-St-Simon

Professor David Nocca, hospital practitioner, head of the bariatric and metabolic surgery medical team – Montpellier University Hospital Center

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