Sending Office: Honorable Grace Meng
Menstrual Equity in the Peace Corps Act
Deadline to cosponsor: Wednesday, February 26th
I invite you to cosponsor the Menstrual Equity in the Peace Corps Act.
In countries around the world, period poverty keeps women and girls from school, from work, and from participating in important cultural rituals. Many Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) are stationed in countries where menstrual products are not readily available,
or are far more expensive than they would be in the U.S.
While in some countries the Peace Corps Medical Officer secures access to products for PCVs, there is no comprehensive policy across the organization. In order to address this discrepancy, my bill would require the enactment of a comprehensive policy that
makes available free menstrual products to PCVs who require them, or increase stipends to allow for those expenses. This is a simple matter of equality: 65% of peace corps volunteers are women, yet PCVs who require menstrual products are forced to purchase
them out of the same stipend that everyone else receives.
PCVs are already making both financial and personal sacrifices in order to represent the United States abroad and are a critical part of U.S. diplomatic power.
To cosponsor this legislation or for any questions, please contact Katharine Nasielski of my staff at Katharine.Nasielski@mail.house.gov or 202-225-2601.
Rep. Grace Meng
Member of Congress
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