1 in 10 girls can't afford to buy menstrual products according to Plan International UK.
49% of girls have missed a full day of school because of their period.
68% said they felt less able to pay attention in class at school or college while menstruating.
A survey of more than 1,000 girls found nearly half were embarrassed by their period and many were afraid to ask for help because of the stigma.
Menstrual products cost more than £18,000, in a women’s life (£13 every month).
In the UK, 208K girls are eligible for and claim free school meals.
The approximate cost of giving all of these girls sanitary care would be £4.78m. This is based on the assumption that the average woman/girl uses up between 4 and 5 products for each day they menstruate, and that each girl has 68 menstruating days per year.
While this may sound like a lot of money, the Ministry of Defence’s budget for trident in 2016/17 was an estimated £35 billion! This proves how small the demand that we are putting on the UK government really is.
We also believe that as well as changing the policy on periods, we need to normalise the conversation surrounding periods, and end the silence and stigma that is stuck to periods. Half of the world’s population bleeds every month, so why are we too embarrassed to talk about this very normal, natural process?
Lets get talking. Regardless of how gross, disgusting or graphic,
Tell EVERYONE you know - friends, parents, siblings, teachers, postman - about your period.
We need to smash the taboo around menstruation and this can only be done by expelling any embarrassment or shame, and talking about periods. No matter how bloody.