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1 in 10 girls can't afford to buy menstrual products according to Plan International UK.
Over 137,700 children in the UK have missed school because of period poverty.
68% said they felt less able to pay attention in class at school or college while menstruating.
Menstrual products cost more than £18,000, in a women’s life (£13 every month).
40% of girls in the UK have used toilet roll because they couldn’t afford menstrual products.
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.
The Labour Party, The Liberal Democrats and The Green Party have all pledged to address period poverty. The Conservatives have not.
The stigma surrounding periods has been shown to directly affect a girl’s potential to succeed. If a girl misses school every time she has her period, she is set 145 days behind her fellow male students.
An investment in the future of our young people is vital. Remember that the Ministry of Defence’s budget for trident 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.