Period Poverty causes one in four girls to miss school or work

Period Poverty causes one in four girls to miss school or work

More than a quarter of females have been unable to afford sanitary products, a new survey on period poverty has revealed.
The issue was previously thought to affect one in 10 girls and women across England, Scotland and Wales, but research has showed this has increased to 27%.
More than half of those asked said they had suffered from period poverty or knew someone who had, while two thirds (68%) had been forced to makeshift menstrual protection before.

More than a quarter of females have been unable to afford sanitary products before (Picture: Getty Images)The survey found that issues with sanitary products caused 26% of the 931 girls and women asked to miss either school or work.
Almost two-thirds (65%) of people indicated that they believed sanitary products should be available free of charge, the research showed.
Boy, 16, stabbed to death outside college is honoured by friends and familyWhile 84% said they thought products should be freely available in schools and colleges.
The research was carried out GingerComms, together with campaigners from the Bloody Big Brunch.
The Bloody Big Brunch organises events across the country, where participants pay not with money but by donating sanitary products.

Attendees at the Big Bloody Brunch each bring sanitary products with them (Picture: Getty Images)Its largest ever campaign day is due to take place on Sunday March 3, International Women’s Day.
In January, the Scottish Government announced £4 million would be going to local councils to provide free sanitary items in public buildings.
‘Children are going hungry’ as online payments for school dinners failThis followed a trial scheme where female hygiene products were provided in schools, colleges and universities.
Meanwhile, the Welsh Government has put £1 million of funding towards tackling period poverty, resulting in claims that England is being ‘left behind’.
Amika George, who started the Free Periods campaign, is raising funds for a legal challenge to the UK Government.

Over 84% of those asked said they thought period products should be freely available in schools (Picture: Getty Images)‘The Scottish and Welsh governments have made history with their pledges of period provision for girls in schools, colleges and universities, but in England we’re being left behind,’ she said.
‘That’s why we are combining forces with the Bloody Big Brunch to take legal action against the government to ensure every schoolchild gets access to the essential products that they need.
‘Millennials have killed the protest song due to their constant whinging’‘Equal access to education is a fundamental human right and no-one should miss school because they can not afford pads and tampons.’
Lee Beattie, of the Bloody Big Brunch, said: ‘As a society we need to send out the message that menstruation isn’t dirty and it certainly isn’t a luxury.
‘By using fun to highlight fundamental rights, we’re hoping we can mobilise Westminster, who have been negligent on the issue of periods for far too long.’


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