The Every Period Counts campaign is focused on improving government support for shame free periods in schools, including the way the free period product scheme for schools and colleges in England works and the guidance and support available for menstrual health education.
We’re particularly concerned that despite levels of period poverty rising in the UK- 1 in 4 girls now report struggling to access period products up from 1 in 10 before the pandemic- only 37% of eligible institutions were active in the government’s period product scheme and £1.1 million of the allocated budget was going unspent during the last 6 month period for which data is available.
In addition, a recent evaluation by Girl Guiding found that 54% of girls and young women do not feel comfortable accessing period products at school.
We’re asking the government to evaluate the scheme and make improvements so that all schools and colleges can access this vital support and implement it in a way that works for young people.
We’re calling on schools, colleges and teachers to join the campaign by:
2. Registering to support the campaign as an ally
3. Sharing our callout to schools, colleges and teachers with your friends, colleagues, and school or college
Amazing illustrator Malikah Holder has created a set of two beautiful posters to help signpost people to period support in their school or workplace.
If you’re looking for help and support tackling period poverty, shame, and inequality in your school or college, check out the great work and resources from some of our partner organisations:
City to Sea: www.citytosea.org.uk
Period Positive: periodpositive.com
Sex Ed Matters: www.sexedmatters.co.uk
Or get in touch with Irise at [email protected]