Period Poverty: Free Sanitary Products Made Available In All Schools In England

About bloody time something was done to tackle period poverty…

We’ve often spoke about the issue of period poverty  and finally it looks like people are listening.

Free period products will be available for primary and secondary schools if they opt in.

The new government scheme aims to tackle period poverty and keep girls in school during their time of the month.

The products offered from supplier phs Group, include pads, applicator and non-applicator tampons, and menstrual cups.

Then, the government will give each school a set amount of money to spend on sanitary items in 2020.

And, with period poverty rife in the UK, we’re so pleased to see the government make a move in the right direction to tackle this.

For example, one in 10 women aged 14-21 are unable to afford period products, while 12 per cent had to improvise their protection, according to Plan International.

Just one part of the problem?

While this is a great decision, eco-friendly femtech company, Mondays, warn that this is just one part of the issue.

Over two million women shy away from saying the word ‘period’ in front of children. They believe the term sounds dirty, rude, awkward and embarrassing according to their research.

According to them, this lack of open conversation about menstruation is set to silence women of the future talking about periods.

As a result, Mondays are worried that this could deepen taboos around female health.

Nancy Saddington, co-founder of Mondays, says: “Female health has long been a political pawn, dangled to get votes. We’re finally seeing it gain traction in the press and the topic being addressed openly by MPs. However, evidence suggests we’re still struggling to have honest conversations around periods ourselves.

“We know feelings of embarrassment and awkwardness eclipse and hinder discussions around menstruation. But this issue isn’t going to change if our habits are adopted by the next generation. Men and women need to use this moment to reshape how they talk about periods. If not, we risk fuelling the stigma so often attached to female health.”