Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro signed a decree Tuesday providing for free menstrual supplies for low-income women and girls.
The far-right leader signed the executive order at a ceremony for International Women’s Day.
The new decree will be funded by a budget of $26 million reaching an estimated 3.6 million people, according to the health ministry.
“Menstrual poverty” is a major crisis in Brazil, where women unable to afford tampons and pads often resort to scraps of cloth, diapers, bread or whatever else they can find.
A lack of menstrual supplies keeps one in four girls home from school each month, according to a 2021 report by a United Nations Foundation program, Girl Up.