Monday 04-03-2019 - 00:01
Today we’re launching our campaign to end period poverty. We’ve produced loads of resources for students’ unions to join us in calling for urgent action to make period poverty history once and for all.
Research by Plan International UK suggests up to 15% of girls in the UK have struggled to afford sanitary products, and 10% have been completely unable to afford sanitary products, at one time or another.
We can’t allow this to go on. We live in one of the world’s richest countries in the 2019. That any woman or girl has to face the indignity of not being able to afford the basic sanitary products she needs should be a source of shame for us as a society.
Today, NUS Wales Women’s Officer Chisomo Phiri is launching her #EndPeriodPoverty campaign. We’ve made loads of resources available to students’ unions so they can join in. The campaign’s main asks are:
- The Welsh Government should make a sustained and strategic investment in tackling period poverty among women and girls in education.
- All school pupils (of all genders) should be taught about menstruation.
- We should all start thinking and talking differently about periods so we start to break down the stigma attached to menstruation.
We’ve written to every member of the National Assembly asking them to join us in working to make period poverty history.
We’ve also sent out some cool stickers you can use on campus to help spread the word. Our toolkit for students’ unions is packed with handy resources that you can use to help you make the case for action on period poverty:
- A bank of research, statistics, and information about period poverty
- Case studies
- Template letters to send to local politicians and your Vice-chancellor
- Template Student Council motion
- Survey of your students
- Event plans
- A full communications plan including lots of graphics, images, and videos to help spread the message on social media
Download the #EndPeriodPoverty toolkit here
Download the digital assets here
Our Women’s Officer Chisomo Phiri has also written a blog for the Institute of Welsh Affairs about why action on period poverty is needed. She makes the case for a sustained and strategic investment in tackling period poverty by the Welsh Government.
Read Chizi’s blog here
Chizi has also written an article in the Western Mail, and the campaign has been featured on BBC Radio Wales and ITV Cymru Wales News.
See all press coverage here yma
Period poverty is not inevitable. Join the campaign, and let’s end period poverty once and for all.
And remember to share how you’re taking part by posting photos and videos using the hashtags #EndPeriodPoverty and #RhoiDiweddArDlodirMisglwyf.