It was published in the Official Gazette of the Union (DOU) this Thursday (7) that President Jair Bolsonaro (no party) vetoed the free distribution of tampons for vulnerable women. The attorney’s claim is that there was no provision for financing the action in the text.
The project, which determines the creation of the Menstrual Health Protection and Promotion Program, was sanctioned by Bolsonaro. But the ban on the free distribution of tampons is at the heart of the proposal, which could be weakened without the measure.
::One in four women do not have access to a pad during their menstrual period in Brazil::
In the original text, there was a provision for free of charge for low-income students from public schools; homeless women; women deprived of liberty in prison system units; and adolescents detained in socio-educational measurement units.
On Twitter, women reacted and criticized the veto. Lola Aronovich, a professor at the Federal University of Ceará, attacked Bolsonaro. “A project approved by Congress in September would provide sanitary pads to low-income public school students, homeless women and prisoners. Also included tampons in food baskets. The most misogynist president of all time vetoed the bill today.”
Co-author of the project, federal deputy Benedita da Silva (PT-RJ) also spoke. “It is a decision that harms millions of women who live in menstrual poverty. At a time when money is lacking for food, tampons are a luxury item. As co-author of the proposal, I will work a lot with the PT bench in the Chamber to overturn this veto.”
Check out the manifestations and criticisms of women on Twitter below:
It is a decision that harms millions of women who live in menstrual poverty. At a time when money is lacking for food, tampons are a luxury item. As co-author of the proposal, I will work a lot with the bench of @PTnaCamara to overturn this veto yet. pic.twitter.com/fiXU4DJHH7
— Benedita da Silva (@dasilvabenedita) October 7, 2021
A project approved by the Cong in septemb would provide sanitary pads to low-income public school students, homeless women and prisoners. Tb included tampons in food baskets. The most misogynist president of all times vetoed the hj proj https://t.co/rEGgnnlZ4d
— Lola Aronovich (@lolaewrite) October 7, 2021
Absurd! Bolsonaro vetoed the free distribution of tampons to public school students, homeless people and socially vulnerable people, as provided for in the bill approved by the Chamber of Deputies in September.https://t.co/LUpxKzrFLX
— Manuela (@ManuelaDavila) October 7, 2021
Once again, Bolsonaro demonstrates his hatred for women, especially the poorest, girls and teenagers who often cannot afford to buy tampons and need state support, as happens in other countries. Let’s work to overturn this veto.
— Gleisi Hoffmann (@gleisi) October 7, 2021
a people in the quotes defending saying “just buy it” the day you discover that not everyone has financial condition and that tampon is a basic right and no one menstruates because your mind explodes https://t.co/ ohQquxhhwU
— gabi (@silvertruce) October 7, 2021
Imagine not being able to go to school because of your period, because you don’t have the money to buy a single tampon. This happens and affects the lives of many people in a very inhuman and unfair way. Bolsonaro’s veto is brutal violence against the poorest!
— Lana from Holland (@lanadeholanda) October 7, 2021
spend loads of money on tampons and traps and contraceptives for something that IS NOT MY CHOICE is my BIOLOGY the government and people still call you careless and leave you without support NONE if you get pregnant (and woe betide you want to have a choice) having a uterus is everything 😍
— clarissa (@clapiclapiclapi) October 7, 2021
A MAN vetoed the distribution of tampons and argued that it is not on the list of “essential” drugs.
It’s inhumane! girls stop going to school because they are unable to buy, others depend on their partner’s good will.
Congress, drop the veto!
— Elana Valenaria ☀️ (@ElanaValenaria) October 7, 2021
The project that provided for the distribution of feminine pads to low-income students and homeless women was vetoed by the man in charge.
The argument: absorbent is not “essential”.
If this man who vetoed menstruated every month, he would see that yes, it is essential!
— Leilane Neubarth (@LeilaneNeubarth) October 7, 2021
It is important to remember that the bill that constitutes a partnership with the Municipality of Belo Horizonte, which provides for free distribution of tampons in municipal schools, is already being processed in the Chamber. The fight is now for your approval as soon as possible.
— Duda Salabert 🌳 (@DudaSalabert) October 7, 2021
Edition: Vinícius Segalla