The Department is committed against menstrual precariousness in 35 colleges in Maine

During the 2021/2022 school year, the Department initiated the distribution of washable protection kits for middle school girls in order to combat menstrual precariousness. 19 colleges in Maine-et-Loire have experimented with this system, which also aims to establish a dialogue with school nurses. Now, 35 establishments are concerned by this operation.

This distribution, in the experimental phase last year on a voluntary basis, meets several objectives:

  • Talking about this subject without taboo
  • Limit monthly expenses
  • Benefit from innovative, biological and sustainable protections
  • Disseminate health-related information to college girls

For this first year of experimentation, the company Week up, located in Sarthe, was chosen to supply washable towels, cups and pouches.
For the 2022/2023 school year, 16 other colleges have joined this system, bringing the total to 35 establishments concerned.
These 16 new colleges are distinguished in particular by a higher than average scholarship rate.
Since last September, the Department has also called on the Passerelle association, located in the Roseraie district of Angers, to provide menstrual panties for students, as well as washable pads of different sizes.
This association sets up workshops for the social and professional revitalization in this district and offers in this context a sewing workshop to people with a single integration contract.
A first order has been validated for the Jean Vilar college in Angers, and three other establishments (Lurçat, Montaigne in Angers and du Bellay in Cholet) will also be offered these products for testing.
This first order was delivered this Thursday to the Jean Vilar college.

The public establishments concerned by this distribution:

  • Angers: Auguste and Jean Renoir, Félix Landreau, Jean Lurçat, Jean Mermoz, Montaigne, François Rabelais, Jean Vilar, Claude Debussy
  • Avrillé : Clement Janequin
  • Chateauneuf-sur-Sarthe : Jacques Prevert
  • Cholet: Joachim du Bellay, Colbert, Clemenceau, Trémolière
  • Louroux-Béconnais (Val d’Erdre Auxence): Camille Claudel
  • Montreuil-Juigne : Jean Zay
  • Montrevault-sur-Evre: Lip
  • Drowning-Villages: Anjou Gate
  • Saumur: Pierre Mendes-France
  • Trelaze: John Rostand
  • Vihiers (Lys-Layon-Aubance) : Lys Valley

For private education, the establishments are as follows:

  • Angers: Immaculate Conception, Saint Jean de la Barre, Saint Augustine, Saint Charles
  • Bauge-en-Anjou : Our Lady
  • Brissac-Quince (Brissac Loire Aubance): St. Vincent
  • Champtoceaux (Orée d’Anjou) : Saint Benedict
  • Chemillé (Chemillé-en-Anjou) : Saint Joseph
  • Cholet: Joan of Arc, Our Lady of Bretonnais
  • Doue-en-Anjou: Saint Joseph
  • La Pommeraye (Mauges-sur-Loire) : Saint Joseph
  • Longé-Binoculars : Saint Joseph
  • Saint-Sylvain-d’Anjou (Verrieres-en-Anjou): Saint-Aubin-la-Salle

Cost of the operation: €45,000 for the 2022/2023 school year (€22,000 in 2021/2022)

The objective is to mobilize new establishments for the next school year, with an increase in the budget for the operation.

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The Department is committed against menstrual precariousness in 35 colleges in Maine-et-Loire