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H.R. 6118 (116th): Menstrual Equity in the Peace Corps Act

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 5, 2020 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.



2d Session

H. R. 6118


March 5, 2020

(for herself, Mr. Cohen, Mr. Costa, Mr. Grijalva, Mr. Hastings, Ms. Norton, Mr. Kennedy, Ms. Kuster of New Hampshire, Ms. Lee of California, Ms. Jackson Lee, Mr. McGovern, Mr. Nadler, Ms. Wasserman Schultz, Mrs. Carolyn B. Maloney of New York, Ms. Garcia of Texas, Mr. Beyer, Ms. Speier, Ms. Shalala, Mr. Sean Patrick Maloney of New York, Ms. Schakowsky, and Mr. Case) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs


To amend the Peace Corps Act to ensure access to menstrual hygiene products for Peace Corps volunteers, and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Menstrual Equity in the Peace Corps Act.


Access to menstrual hygiene products for Peace Corps volunteers

Section 5A of the Peace Corps Act (22 U.S.C. 2504a) is amended—


by transferring subsection (e) (relating to antimalarial drugs) to appear immediately after subsection (b) and redesignating such transferred subsection as the first subsection (c);


in such first subsection (c), as so redesignated and transferred, by striking The Director and inserting the following:


In general

The Director



in the second subsection (c) (relating to certain training), by—


redesignating such second subsection (c) as paragraph (2); and


moving such paragraph (2) two ems to the right;


by redesignating subsection (d) (relating to review and evaluation) as subsection (e); and


by inserting before such redesignated subsection (e) the following new subsection:


Access to menstrual hygiene products


In general

Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this subsection, the Director of the Peace Corps shall establish a comprehensive policy to ensure Peace Corps volunteers who require menstrual hygiene products are able to access such products, either by increasing stipends for such volunteers to purchase such products or providing such volunteers with such products in the generic product types selected by such volunteer as their preferences.



The policy required under paragraph (1) shall take into consideration the availability of menstrual hygiene products for purchase locally, the price of such products, and cultural norms regarding menstruation.



If stipends are increased pursuant to the policy required under paragraph (1), the Director of the Peace Corps shall ensure that such increase covers fully the cost of menstrual hygiene products purchased by Peace Corps volunteers described in such paragraph.