'CERTAIN TEACHERS WON’T LET US GO TO THE TOILET'
Menstruation discrimination and a lack of hygiene products are a barrier to gender equality.
Not being able to go to the toilet can leave girls and other menstruators worrying about staining their clothes, distracting them from their studies, while not having the facilities they need can lead to isolation and embarrassment.
To change this, we need to tackle period taboos everywhere and start speaking openly about periods – including at school.
Our Menstrual Manifesto – in a minute
Our Menstrual Manifesto details the steps we can all take to end the shame and stigma surrounding periods.
Find out what it's all about in just one minute with Lucy Russell, our Head of Girls’ Rights and Campaigns.
WHAT OUR MENSTRUAL MANIFESTO MEANS FOR SCHOOLS
We want to work with teachers and schools to make sure that:
- every school in the UK provides free access to toilets
- unisex, accessible, boys’ and girls’ school toilets include at least one toilet with a sink in the cubicle and have enough bins for disposable menstrual products
- every school can support its teachers to speak about periods and puberty without embarrassment or shame
- primary schools are able to accommodate the needs of those who start their period early
- all primary and secondary schools offer integrated classes for girls and boys to learn about periods
*All statistics taken from an Opinium online survey of 1,004 girls aged 14 to 21, between 23 February and 2 March 2018.