UK government to provide free sanitary products at secondary schools

UK government to provide free sanitary products at secondary schools

The UK government is set to provide free sanitary products at all secondary schools across the country.

A campaign group, Free Periods, has disclosed that Chancellor Philip Hammond will announce the funds in his spring statement.

According to the campaigners, some girls from low-income families often skipped school because they couldn’t afford sanitary pads during their periods.

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In January, Free Periods launched a legal campaign, alongside the Red Box Project, calling for the government to end period poverty.

The group is currently being led by 19-year-old Amika George.

Data from Plan International UK in 2017, indicated that one in 10 girls and women aged between 14 and 21 cannot afford sanitary pads.

Amika George believes the UK government’s decision to push through with the provision of sanitary products to all secondary schools is very commendable.

"This is a victory for everyone who has been campaigning to eradicate period poverty in schools,” she said.

"Periods should never hold back a child from achieving their true potential, and now, after two years of campaigning, we will see menstrual products available for free in all English secondary schools.

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"We're going to keep fighting for better education and work to destigmatise periods,” she added.

Meanwhile, Mrs George has received a Goalkeepers award from Bill and Melinda Gates for her vigorous campaign for all girls to have access to sanitary products.

She was also listed by TIME magazine as one of the most influential teenagers in the world in 2018.

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At the age of 17, she started a popular change.org petition which garnered about 2,000 protesters calling for free menstrual products to be provided to all children receiving free school meals.

Scotland was the first government in the world to offer free menstrual products to students at schools, colleges and universities nationally.

Wales also pledged to provide a £1m fund to tackle period poverty in the same year.

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