Let’s tackle period poverty!
We launched our campaign to end period poverty earlier this year and the response has been amazing! In the run up to #iwill week, Kim, leader of 1st & 3rd Kilmacolm Guides, decided to get her unit involved and help make a change. Check out their story here…
When I first read about the campaign I was shocked that even in Scotland something so basic and essential like period products are a real luxury, or at times completely unavailable, to people. These products can be really expensive but no one should have to decide between spending money on a school lunch or tampons.
It’s easy to forget that foodbanks also try and provide non-food items like toiletries and sanitary products to people in crisis. Our unit went ahead and organised our very first washbag collection.
The generosity of our girls and their families was incredible – I couldn’t believe it! One of our members said they hadn’t realised period poverty was such an issue but the campaign really opened her eyes. We’ve also put a selection of sanitary products in the toilets at our meeting place and even popped some products in our First Aid kit.
Since we started doing our bit to help end period poverty I’ve heard so much more about this issue on the news and on the radio which is great. We all need to keep spreading the word to improve the lives of girls across Scotland!
If you and your unit are feeling inspired and want to help us end period poverty then find out more about adding your voice to our new campaign here.