Community//

It’s time for a Period Revolution

1/3 of young women in the UK are struggling to access period supplies during the pandemic. But 60% of English schools still haven't claimed their free period products from the Government's scheme that launched in January!

The Thrive Global Community welcomes voices from many spheres on our open platform. We publish pieces as written by outside contributors with a wide range of opinions, which don’t necessarily reflect our own. Community stories are not commissioned by our editorial team and must meet our guidelines prior to being published.

By Gemma Abbott, Director of Free Periods and Coordinator for the Red Box Project.

Did you know that every state-funded school and college in England is entitled to FREE period products for their students?

Following years of campaigning and with the looming threat of legal action, the Government finally introduced funding, so young people could be provided with free period supplies in their place of learning.

There’s only one catch: every school and college has to sign up to the scheme and order the products. And, despite the scheme being launched in January 2020, only 40% had done so by the start of this term.

Of course, it’s been a year of unprecedented disruption, with schools and colleges closed to the majority of students for months. But we cannot afford for the pandemic to lead to inaction on period poverty. In fact, it has underlined just how vitally important it is that we address the issue. 

We’ve known for a while that, on average, one in ten girls in the UK is unable to access the period products she needs. But COVID-19 has made this situation worse, much worse. During the first lockdown, almost a third of young women struggled to obtain period supplies – either because they couldn’t access them, or they couldn’t afford them – and as we find ourselves in the deepest recession since records began, we should be deeply concerned that a second lockdown will bring more of the same misery for countless others. 

However, there is one key difference between the current lockdown and the first: schools and colleges remain open. 

So, on Thursday 12th November, Free Periods and the Red Box Project are holding a Day of Action to encourage every state-funded primary school, secondary school and college in England to sign up to the Government scheme and order their free period supplies. We want to see as many as possible join this wave of the Period Revolution! 

And we need your help. We’re looking for individuals across the country to channel their inner revolutionaries and spread the word about the free period products scheme.

We’ve created a tool kit of #PeriodRevolution resources to make it easy:

  • You can use our template letter to contact your local school or college to make them aware of the scheme
  • Help us to spread the word on social media using these graphics and the hashtag #PeriodRevolution
  • Get this flyer whizzing around your network (you could send it to students, teachers, parents, governors, local politicians, your local MP etc, and ask them to pass it on too)

Please. Take five minutes to do one or more of those simple things – that really is all it takes to spark a Period Revolution in your community. 

Every one of us can be a revolutionary. Every one of us can make a difference. Every one of us can help to end period poverty. 

    Share your comments below. Please read our commenting guidelines before posting. If you have a concern about a comment, report it here.

    You might also like...

    Community//

    The Mental Health Implications Of Teenagers Struggling With Period Poverty Throughout Covid-19

    by Caitlin Purvis
    Community//

    Monica Williams and Dana Roberts: “To empower every girl. From the inside out”

    by Ben Ari
    Community//

    Social Impact Heroes: How Joanne Goldblum and the National Diaper Bank Network are providing hygiene products to poor women and young mothers

    by Chaya Weiner

    Sign up for the Thrive Global newsletter

    Will be used in accordance with our privacy policy.

    Thrive Global
    People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills . . . There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind. . . . So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself.

    - MARCUS AURELIUS

    We use cookies on our site to give you the best experience possible. By continuing to browse the site, you agree to this use. For more information on how we use cookies, see our Privacy Policy.