Ending period poverty

Period poverty is real. Our Girls in Scotland 2018 survey revealed 13% of girls aged 13-25 knew another girl their age who has experienced period poverty.

We believe in making free period products easily available to everyone who needs them. Period products aren’t a luxury – they’re an essential product and no-one should miss out on opportunities, face isolation or embarrassment simply because they can’t afford them.

In our research 89% agreed free period products would help make sure girls and young women don’t miss out on school or college and that free period products would help to reduce stigma around periods.

We’re proud to be part of the campaign to end period poverty in Scotland, adding our voice to some other amazing organisations already doing great work in this area.

Equality isn’t their reality

Girls want equality but know it isn’t always a reality:

  • 86% of girls say they expect to split childcare and housework equally with their partner but 71% say they worry about balancing career and family life
  • 83% of girls say they wouldn’t work for a company that pays female employees less than men

The gender divide

Inequality is a part of girls’ everyday lives:

  • 46% of girls say they would have more freedom to go out by themselves if they were a boy
  • 61% of girls age 7-11 strongly agree that they can do anything a boy can do, but this drops to 45% for girls age 12-17 and 39% for girls age 18-25

Equality at school

Girls aren’t always getting an equal picture at school

  • Nine in 10 girls said they’d like to see the achievements of women better represented in their school’s curriculum
  • 90% said they learn or learnt little or nothing about online pornography and 84% said they learn or learnt little or nothing about gender equality
  • 64% of girls say they feel pressured to succeed at school

Happiness and well-being

Girls are feeling the pressure and their happiness and well-being drops as they get older:

  • Mental illness appears common among girls age 13-25 with 77% saying they know a girl their age who has experienced depression, while 63% saying they know a girl who has experienced self-harm
  • One in three girls has been harassed while out and about in her community

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