Mexico’s newest anti-inflationary plan seeks to control rising prices. However, the plan has been criticized for ignoring menstrual health.
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Mexico’s inflation has been affecting basic products, with rising prices in milk, rice and bread. President López Obrador warned that Mexico’s plan will not control those prices but rather sell those items at a “fair price.” However, small producers and vendors have been critical of the policy, stating that it will not be capable of generating a real impact on inflation.
“We must act, not stand idly by because inflation, as we all know, greatly affects the economy, and affects people with limited economic resources more. It is a tax and we must avoid a high cost of living; that is the most precise term. We all want inflation to be controlled,” said López Obrador during the presentation of the anti-inflationary plan.
Deputy Martha Tagle insists that to end period poverty, the government must include taxation-free menstrual products on its newest anti-inflationary plan. Tampons and pads have faced rising prices since the beginning of this year, as Palmira Camargo, Vice President of Communication, Essity Latin America, explains that the company arranged for its products to be tax-free as of Jan. 1, 2022. However, due to rising inflation, the products faced an increase in price.
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