Timeline

Timeline

April 2019

Amika starts the #FreePeriods petition from her bedroom, calling on the government to provide free menstrual products in all schools.

May 2017

After reaching out to all UK political parties ahead of the 2017 election, the Green Party pledges to end period poverty in their election manifesto. The Greens' initiative marks the first mention of periods from any political party in the run up to the general election. This was followed by the Liberal Democrat Party.

September 2017

The Labour Party pledge 10m GBP to tackle period poverty in the UK if they come into power.

December 2017

FreePeriods joins forces with The Pink Protest to stage a peaceful protest outside Downing Street. Over 2k people came, and speakers included Adwoa Aboah, Aisling Bea, Suki Waterhouse, Jess Phillips MP, Tanya Burr and many others.

March 2018

After considerable pressure, the government pledges 1.5m GBP of funding to tackle period poverty in the UK.

September 2018

Free Periods wins the Campaign Award at Goalkeepers, New York, from Bill & Melinda Gates and the United Nations. FreePeriods is propelled into the global spotlights.

Amika is able to speak about period poverty with a global focus, highlighting the need for an immediate need for nternational governments to take action.

January 2019

Free Periods launches a legal campaign to challenge the UK Government. Working with Human Rights Law Firm, Hausfeld & Co.

Free Periods’ aim was to persuade the Government to comply with its existing obligations under the Equality Act, thereby ensuring period poverty is never a barrier to equality, by provision of free menstrual products in all schools and colleges.

March 2019

The UK government pledges funds will be made available for every secondary school and college to offer free period products to all its students.

Free Periods continues to campaign for the pledge to be rolled out in all primary schools, too.

April 2019 - VICTORY!

The UK government commits to make funds available in all primary schools in England.

June 2019

Free Periods starts work on a global campaign to end period poverty in schools.