New project to combat period poverty to be launched
Plan International UK is excited to announce that it will be working in partnership with the charities Brook, Foyer Federation and Centrepoint on a new project committed to ending period poverty in the UK.
Period poverty is a challenge facing many girls in the UK. In our recent survey of 1,004 girls aged 14-21, 42 per cent said they had been forced to use makeshift sanitary wear such as toilet roll and socks because they had struggled to afford sanitary products. That’s why girls need support to manage their periods, understand their bodies and have access to free sanitary products.
The project launching in partnership with the above charities will include:
- Plan International UK will build on the networks created at our International Day of the Girl 2017 event in Leeds last year. We will develop a community of practice to promote learning and best practice across educators, policy makers and activists.
- Rolling out a P-card scheme, based on the existing and successful C-Card scheme, this will provide free products and education to girls in financial need.
- Education for young people about sustainable sanitary products, health and hygiene and promoting period positivity to remove shame and stigma, provided by Brook professionals, enabling them to make informed choices about managing their periods.
- Reaching out to homeless young people and those who can’t live at home to support them in managing their periods, through the Foyer Federation and Centrepoint.
The ‘Let’s Talk. Period.’ project is supported by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s Tampon Tax fund.
Lucy Russell, UK Girls’ Rights Campaign Manager said, “It’s outrageous that in the 21st century, people in the UK are suffering every month because they don’t have enough money to manage their period. This, along with a lack of education around menstruation and the stigma and shame they face around their periods, is having devastating consequences on their wellbeing and in some cases their education, with research showing some girls are missing school.
“This project is an exciting opportunity to put the insight, expertise and research we’ve gathered into practice, bringing together a community of educators, practitioners and activists to share best practice and create sustainable change – and fundamentally change young people’s experiences of managing their periods.”