A toxic trio of period poverty
Every day, 800 million people around the world have their period. The average woman menstruates for more than eight years during her lifetime – but periods are still shrouded in secrecy and taboo.
Here in the UK, this culture of shame is having a devastating impact on girls’ lives. Period stigma, combined with the high cost of period products and a lack of education, make up the ‘toxic trio’ of period poverty.
Let’s Talk. Period is a project that aims to tackle the ‘Toxic Trio’ and fight period poverty in England. The project will:
- Pilot the P-Card Scheme in seven locations in England, ensuring those in need receive products, education and training.
- Bring together the network of organisations and professionals who are seeking solutions to period poverty
- Deliver the Period Poverty Grant scheme to support smaller organisations to tackle period poverty.
- Make sure young people have a voice when it comes to period poverty. We are currently recruiting for a Let’s Talk. Period. Youth Advisory Panel members.
The P-Card scheme
The P-Card scheme (based on the current ‘C-Card’ scheme, which provides free condoms and sexual health advice to 13 to 24 years old) will be piloted in seven locations across England.
As well as receiving free period products, young people will receive guidance about menstruation and their bodies and given information on the range of period products available, including sustainable choices.
To find out more, visit Brook’s website >
The Let's Talk. Period network
We will build a network of individuals, organisations and groups to create a Community of Practice. The purpose of the community is to promote learning, share best practice, build partnerships and provide the opportunity to expand on the ground-breaking work already being done to tackle the ‘Toxic Trio’ of period poverty. Regional workshops will give people the chance to come together, share good practice and look to the future.
Contact Letstalkperiod@plan-uk.org for more information or to join the network.
Period Poverty Grants
If you are a grassroots organisation tackling period poverty in your local area, you may be eligible to apply for a grant from the Period Poverty Grant Scheme.
The scheme is designed to fund organisations working to tackle the ‘Toxic Trio’ at a local level. The grants will range between £5,000 to £10,000, for a maximum of one year.
The period poverty grant scheme is now open to applications. You can download information about the application criteria and an application form. Once completed please submit the application form to firstname.lastname@example.org. The closing date for applications is Monday 14th January at 5pm.