The education minister has received executive approval to provide free period products to all schools in NI.
Peter Weir brought a paper on 'period poverty' to the executive meeting on Thursday.
Now that it has been approved, the scheme is expected to be in place for September 2021.
Scotland recently went further, making products like tampons and sanitary pads available free to anyone who needs them.
There is currently no Northern Ireland-wide scheme to provide girls with access to sanitary products in schools.
Instead, initiative likes the Red Box Project provide products to individual schools.
This evening the Exec supported my proposal to eradicate #PeriodPoverty in NI with free period products in 100% of schools.— Peter Weir (@peterweirmla) December 17, 2020
I wanted to thank Ellie Massey from @Strathearn_Sch who has been a highly effective advocate on this issue & all the campaigners, you’ve been superb👍👍 pic.twitter.com/UWtILjInfO
Other organisations, like the Homeless Period Belfast, have called for free sanitary products in schools, while MLAs on Stormont's education committee also expressed support for the move.
There is concern that some girls miss days at school because they cannot afford period products.
The initiative is expected to cost about £2.5m over the next five years, and would include a campaign to raise awareness of period poverty.