I’m backing the campaign to #endperiodpoverty. Too many women and girls across our country are struggling to afford adequate sanitary provision, which in turn impacts their health, hygiene and livelihood.
Significant numbers of girls are not able to afford sanitary products each month. That impacts on all areas of life, including school attendance. A survey conducted by the children’s charity Plan International UK found that one in 10 girls have been unable to afford sanitary products and almost half had missed an entire day of school because of their period.
Some schoolgirls have had to improvise sanitary protection because their families cannot afford it. This should be a concern for us all.
The government has left it up to schools to decide whether to use some of their shrinking budgets to provide free sanitary products. That is not good enough.
Of course, it is not just school age girls facing period poverty. Too many women of all ages are living in poverty and struggling to get by. That is why I am joining with Merseyside Fawcett Society to call for end to the scandal of period poverty. All women, regardless of age, social status or background, should be able to access the sanitary products they need.
We need to ensure that free sanitary products are available in our schools, food banks and homeless shelters.