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Sonoran Congress passes a law requiring period products, education in schools

Sonoran lawmakers passed a law that will make access to free feminine hygiene products and education about menstruation a requirement in the state’s schools.

The law’s passage was a win for menstruation dignity — the term coined in Mexico for reforms that address lack of access to resources to comfortably manage one’s period, including feminine hygiene products, like pads, tampons and menstrual cups.

State Deputy Rosa Elena Trujillo, one of the legislators behind the measure, praised her fellow members of congress for passing reforms on a topic that has long been taboo.

The law mandates that Sonoran schools provide students with period products, as well as reproductive health and menstrual education.

Last year, Mexico’s Congress also eliminated taxes on menstrual products.

The laws are meant to reduce inequality and gender discrimination that stem from period poverty in Mexico - a country where more than 40 percent of girls report having skipped school because of their periods, according to UNICEF.

Kendal Blust, an Arizona native, reports from KJZZ’s bureau in Hermosillo, Sonora, focusing on business and economic relationships between Arizona and northern Mexico.Prior to joining KJZZ, Kendal worked at the Nogales International, reporting on border and immigration issues, local government, education and business. While working on her master’s degree at University of Arizona School of Journalism, she did stints with the Arizona Daily Star and the Tico Times in Costa Rica, and completed a thesis project about women art activists in the Arizona-Sonora borderlands.In her pre-journalist life, Kendal was a teacher, first helping Spanish high school students learn English, then heading to Tucson to teach fourth grade.When she’s not in the newsroom, Kendal enjoys getting outside for a hike or a swim, catching a good movie, hanging out with family and friends, and eating great food.