Watch our #FreePeriods video. It’s Time To Take Legal Action to End Period Poverty.
We are on a mission to ensure that nobody has to miss school because they have their period.
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WE HAVE LAUNCHED A NEW LEGAL CAMPAIGN TO END PERIOD POVERTY
We are calling on the UK government to ensure that menstrual products are freely available in schools and colleges.
One year ago, in December 2017, we stood outside Downing Street with 2,000 young people, to protest period poverty in the UK. Despite horrific reports in the media that 1 in 10 girls have struggled to afford pads and tampons, and many have missed school for a week every month, or gone to school using toilet paper, newspaper, or old clothes instead, we are yet to see any meaningful policy change legislative action.
The Scottish government has made history by ensuring free access to menstrual products in all schools, colleges and universities. The Welsh government has also pledged £1m to address period poverty.
In England, we are being left behind.
We are calling time on the government's inaction. But we need your support! We are raising funds so that we can bring a robust legal case which will lead to the government complying with the its legal obligations and providing equal access to education for all.
WHAT IS PERIOD POVERTY?
Period poverty is a term that refers to being unable to access menstrual products because of financial challenges.
It’s damaging. It’s undignified. It’s unacceptable, and it must stop.
Globally: Over 1.2m billion globally lack access to basic sanitation and hygiene, and the United Nations has recognised menstrual hygiene as a global public health and human-rights issue.
UK: #FreePeriods was started in April 2017, after the BBC published a report that revealed that children in the UK were routinely missing school because they couldn’t afford to buy menstrual products. Shockingly, some were using socks stuffed with toilet tissue or newspaper.
There was widespread disbelief that this was happening right under our noses. Yet, the government has yet to act.
But it’s not just schoolchildren who experience period poverty. The needs of homeless people, refugees and asylum seekers, as well as people in prisons are often sadly ignored.
WHY DOES IT EXIST?
In the UK, research has shown that women spend over £18,000 on their periods over the course of their lifetime.
Additionally, we are still paying a 5% VAT as they’re deemed a ‘luxury item’. Jaffa Cakes are considered an essential item, and so, remain untaxed. This is a sexist levy that upholds the taboo around periods.
As poverty and governmental cutbacks bite, and we see a growing dependence on food bank handouts, menstrual products become an unattainable luxury to many.
The shame and embarrassment around menstruation is still so prolific, that many people suffer alone, and in silence, reluctant to ask for help when they need it.
We are determined to end the inequality of period poverty. Please join the #FreePeriods Movement and help us to ensure that no child has to miss school because they have their period.