Schools given supplies to end period poverty for girls
SCHOOLS are being sent free boxes of products to be given to girls at risk of ‘period poverty’.
The South Gloucestershire Council says research by a leading global charity has found that 1 in 10 girls in the UK cannot afford to buy sanitary products and an estimated 137,000 are missing school because of their periods.
It has launched a public health period positivity project to ensure girls who are unable to afford the products can access them, placing the boxes in school toilets.
The council says it is also distributing information to help improve understanding of periods and reduce any stigma or embarrassment around menstruating in the school environment.
Schools involved in the project include Marlwood secondary in Alveston and St Peter’s primary in Pilning.
Director of Public Health Sara Blackmore said: “We want to make sure that no young woman in our area misses out on her education because of her period, and are pleased to be able to support them with these boxes of free products.”
Picture: South Gloucestershire director of public health Sara Blackmore and Ross Orton, assistant head of Pucklechurch Primary School, with one of the boxes being provided to schools.