What can we do to Help those in Period Poverty?

What can we do to Help those in Period Poverty?

What can we do to Help those in Period Poverty?

As soon as I found out that period poverty was a thing my next thought was how can I help those in period poverty? I feel so priviliged to be in a position where I’ve always had access to sanitary products. I’ve probably taken it for granted over the years and I never thought that other people might not. So how can we help those in period poverty?

Image of two cloth sanitary pads, one ade from Wonder Woman fabric and the other from rainbow fabric. They are placed next to 4 disposable tampons and two disposable sanitray pads in lime green wrapping. One of the disposable pads is open. [What Can We Do to Help Those In Period Poverty?]

Charity

There are several UK based and international charities which help those in period poverty for a variety of reasons.

Binti works to provide girls all over the world with sanitary products and to teach them about their monthly cycles.

The Homeless Period is an initiative that looks to give homeless women in the UK access to pads and tampons. They also started a petition, which has been debated in parliament, to get the government to allocate funds to homeless shelters to provide sanitary protection for women in the same way that they grant an allowance for buying condoms.

Plan International is a children’s charity which promotes the rights of children and girls all over the world. Part of their work is helping provide sanitary products and teaching girls about periods and removing the taboos around menstruation.

You can donate to any of the charities listed here via the links or you can donate pads and tampons to your local food bank to distribute.

Image of 5 cloth sanitary pads each one slightly overlapping the last. From left to right the first is blue velour, the next is from a black Game of Thrones fabric, the next is pink Nightmare Before Christmas fabric, the next purple Cruella DeVil fabric and the last rainbow fabric.[How Can We Help Those In Period Poverty?]

Sign Petitions

I found two petitions whose aims are to get the UK government provide sanitary protection to help those in period poverty in schools. One is to provide sanitary products for all girls (anyone biologically born female) who get free school meals. The other looks to get schools to provide free sanitary products for all girls (anyone biologically born female) who attend.

Once these petitions reach 100,000 signatures they will be debated in parliament.

Talk About Periods/Menstruation

I don’t know about you but I always feel embarrassed buying sanitary pads. I’ll always buy other stuff at the same time, even if I don’t need it. As I’m writing this it sounds ridiculous.

Why should I be embarassed buying pads? Why do I feel the need to buy other bits at the same time?

Maybe it’s because they’re less noticeable in a sea of other things or maybe it’s because I don’t want the cashier to know or think I’m on my period. Either way, it’s something that every person biologically born female goes through and we shouldn’t feel ashamed about it.
I hope that being more open about periods will get rid of the stigma around them. It might also mean that those with the power to help those in period poverty will be more willing to talk about it. Talking is the only way we’ll find a solution to make pads and tampons more readily available to those who need them.

Over the next week or so I’ll be posting period-related links, pictures and facts on my social media pages (Instagram, Facebook).

I also have posts talking about different types of sanitary products coming in the next few weeks.

Next week Choosing Sanitary Products – What are the Options?

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10 thoughts on “What can we do to Help those in Period Poverty?

  1. I have to admit I didn’t consider it either which does make me feel ignorant, I’ll definitely look into those charities thank you for sharing

    1. I felt the same when I began reading about it. What I found most astounding is that the goverment don’t fund sanitary products in homeless shelters. Thanks for reading 🙂

  2. I was totally shocked to read about this a few months ago in the news and on social media, so it is great to see more and more people raising awareness and trying to encourage people to do something about it!

    1. It really is shocking that some girls/women have to go without. It’s 2017 for goodness’ sake! Thanks for reading 🙂

  3. I definitely think cloth needs to be more readily available, as easy as buying clothes. I am slowly switching over, and am and will encourage my 12 year old to have them too. Growing up it was seen as embarrassing, i think that is where my attitude to buying them has come from. I, like you will buy other goods with sanitary towels, I can be skint but scrape to buy something to make towels less obvious.
    I try to be as open as i can with my daughter (i have 3 plus one son, so it is essential in this house). I don’t lock the bathroom door either.
    Well done for this

    1. I think even information that there are alternatives to disposables would be a start. I recently switched to cloth (still building up my stash) but I only found out about it when I began using cloth nappies and some other mothers mentioned cloth pads in a facebook group. I always felt ashamed about it growing up and even recently, one evening I noticed that there was a spot of blood on the light coloured pair of jeans I’d been wearing and was mortified that someone at work (male dominated office) might have seen. I’m trying to be more open about it and trying to get people to talk more about it, but I also have some way to go to come to terms with it. Thanks for reading 🙂

  4. I feel exactly the same when buying sanitary pads. And I also don’t like if the person at the till is a man. Makes me even more embarrassed 🙂 I didn’t know something like period poverty even existed. Thanks for raising awareness about this, so important.

    1. I avoid male till operators. I know I was shocked when I found out about period poverty, it bothers me that people living in a ‘developed’ country here in the UK have to go without what is an essential item for anyone biologically born female. Thanks for reading 🙂

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