Kenyan legislature amends education law, obliges state schools to distribute sanitary pads

The Kenyan legislature has amended the Basic Education Act, which places an obligation upon the government to provide “free, sufficient and quality” sanitary pads to girls in state schools. The amendment comes after a long campaign by school girls to make sanitary pads free, given that lack of access to menstrual hygiene products is said to be one of primary reasons for low attendance and a high drop-out rate among adolescent school girls in Kenya.