Written By: - Date published: 12:12 pm, August 26th, 2018 - 42 comments
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Given the similarities in population between here and Scotland, it would seem that for the want of about $10 million, the government could put a massive dent in the scourge of period poverty in New Zealand. Class meets gender – what more could we ask for?! And what with a Prime Minister and a Party keen to promote themselves as somehow progressive…
the most common alternative to expensive sanitary products was toilet roll, with women also reporting they used rags, old clothes, T-shirts, socks and newspapers. Twenty-two per cent of respondents reported they were not able to change their products as often as they would like, with 11% of those describing a significant health impact as a result, such as a urinary tract infection or thrush. Women described their feelings of shame and isolation, worrying about smell, feeling uncomfortable, and missing out on days of education, work and social events because they felt unable to go out.
It would seem that’s all going to be in the past. As from last Friday, North Ayrshire Council was providing sanitary products for all, for free, at libraries, community centres and other public buildings. This follows on from already providing free products through all secondary schools since last August.
Back in February it was reported that,
First minister Nicola Sturgeon announced in her programme for government last September that free sanitary products would be provided in schools, colleges and universities from the autumn, while a pilot scheme offering free products to low-income households in Aberdeen will report back to Holyrood shortly.
Well, it would seem that report came back and action was taken.
Hey Girls, an East Lothian-based social enterprise company set up to tackle period poverty, will be a major provider in the initiative. The company, which launched in January this year, is supplying sanitary products directly to a number of local authorities including the City of Edinburgh council, Glasgow city council, South Lanarkshire council, West Lothian counci and Stirling council, as well as Glasgow Caledonian University.
and just to “seal the deal”
The Scottish Labour MSP Monica Lennon, who is bringing forward a member’s bill to create a statutory duty for free provision of period products, added: “This is another great step forward in the campaign against period poverty. Access to period products should be a right, regardless of your income, which is why I am moving ahead with plans for legislation to introduce a universal system of free access to period products for everyone in Scotland.
So, c’mon Jacinda!