Period Poverty and Female Health | Update

Over the last couple of weeks, I have started listening to podcasts on female health, general health and fitness which has been really eye-opening for me. Health has always been an interest of mine but it has grown in the last year since doing a healthcare course at college.
I listened to ‘please don’t shave your vagina people’ which is adulting’s third podcast so far, I highly recommend giving it a listen. The podcast features Anita (@gynaegeek) a gynaecologist and discusses female’s health from fertility to period poverty. It also combats misinformation about what we call a 'vagina' is actually a 'vulva'. 

The podcast really opened my eyes to the fact that "one in ten girls aged 14-21 in the UK  cannot afford to buy pads or tampons" (Plan International UK). In fact, I haven't been able to stop thinking about that statistic or about period poverty. 

Below are two campaigns that were founded to end period poverty in schools. There are also ways in how you can help end period poverty in the UK.

The #FreePeriods campaign aims to end the stigma surrounding periods and is calling for the government to ensure girls from the lowest income families are provided free sanitary products if they are eligible for free school meals.

By signing the Free periods petition here you could help make sure change isn't far away. Whilst I write this there are 157,778 signatures.

On 26 March 2018, the UK Government announced that tampon tax funding will go towards ending period poverty, for the first time ever. £15m of funding will go directly towards benefiting women and girls. You can read the press release here.
The Red Box Project helps ensure young woman do not have to miss out on education due to periods. The Red Box Project is community driven and ran by women across the UK. The Project stock Red Boxes full of sanitary wear in schools and promise that the Project will not let the box run empty of these vital items.
If you want to get involved with the Project you can search Facebook and Instagram to see if there is a Red Box Project in your area. If there is, drop sanitary pads in a local collection point to support girls in your local community. If you want to help coordinate a Red Box in your local area send an email for more information.
You can also carry extra pads and tampons to give out to homeless women you may come across to help make sure they get sanitary products.

Until next time,

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  1. This is such a good idea, I'm going to start carrying extra pads with me for homeless women, I hadn't thought to do that before!

  2. Wow, this is a great post. It's amazing there are these campaigns around that are doing this for woman. It can be quite a scary thing when you are younger, so trying to provide this help too for people that may not be able to get some things is amazing.



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