For pupils who cannot afford their own
How many times did you miss school because Aunt Flow came to visit when you were younger? Well, imagine if that was because you physically couldn’t afford sanitary products. This is the reality for certain pupils in the UK but, according to Education Secretary Justine Greening, schools could start rolling out free tampons and sanitary towels for their poorest alumni.
‘Period poverty’ as the problem is known, was brought to attention by the charity Freedom4Girls, which provides sanitary products for women in Kenya, after it was contacted by a school in Leeds with concerns about girls’ poor attendance during their periods.
Since, 48k people have signed the #PeriodPotential campaign, calling upon Greening to force schools across the UK to provide free sanitary products.
A teenager told BBC Radio Leeds she once “wrapped a sock around” her underwear to stop her the bleeding because she “didn’t want to get shouted at”.
She added: “I once Sellotaped tissue to my underwear. I didn’t know what else to do.
“I didn’t get any money because my mum was a single parent and she had five mouths to feed, so there wasn’t much leftover money in the pot to be giving us.”
The outcome? Going without any sanitary products until she was 14, when she finally asked for help. Yep, really.
If the bill is approved, then, free tampons and towels will be provided for the recipients of free school meals- the lowest income students.
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According to The Independent, Greening has promised to “look carefully” at the proposal.
Sign the petition here.