This girl wants free pads and tampons in school, after one in 10 UK girls reported “period poverty.”
Amika George, creator of #FreePeriods, explained,” They were going to school using socks or tissues or sleeves of old t-shirts instead of pads or tampons, it was just a complete shock to me.”
The 18-year-old started #FreePeriods, campaigning for free menstrual products for kids who qualify for free school lunch programs.
Period products can cost thousands of dollars a year, and 49% of girls in the UK have missed school during their period. A new study shows the issue could be more severe in Scotland, where one in five Scottish women experience period poverty. Member of Scottish parliament, Monica Lennon is pushing for free sanitary products for women — and other lawmakers are on board.
“Women should not have to make the choice between putting dinner on the table and providing sanitary products for themselves and their daughters.” Gillian Marin, of Aberdeenshire East MSP, stated.
Scotland has a pilot program in one community, offering free sanitary products to some women and girls. Amika organized a protest in the UK Parliament Square to urge lawmakers to make menstrual care a priority but she also says this is part of a societal problem.