Those of you that have worked with me with menstruation or fertility issues know that I actively advocate using natural sanitary ware such as organic tampons/pads, moon cups or sponges, but there is a crisis going on In the 21st century – girls and women not being able to afford or have access to sanitary products? Is simply outrageous.!!! Not only that it’s degrading and embarrassing – particularly for girls at school who can’t ask or talk about being on their periods. It’s not right that women/mothers have to choose whether to feed their kids or buy sanitary towels.
It’s not right that young girl’s at school from low income families where there just isn’t enough spare cash have to go without a basic need. We can all see the growing impact of poverty, but its becoming more widespread and to see the working poor numbers increase is shameful. Going into food banks shouldn’t be seen as the ‘norm’
Women have no choice around menstruating, sanitary protection isn’t a luxury it’s a necessity, having the lack of funds to pay for a basic necessity is unacceptable, period poverty shouldn’t exist, but it does! This is why I feel passionate that period poverty has to end and will do everything I can to help to alleviate the problem and raise the issue where possible to help to eradicate it.
How you can help
So I am appealing to all my customers old and new to see if you would like to help. Each time you visit me for a session, bring along a packet of pads/tampons or mooncups, I will have a collection box available, then I will pass on to our local Red Box Project.
The Red Box Project quietly ensures that no young person misses school because they have their period. Working as a nationwide community, they seek to provide free menstrual products for the young people in our local schools.
For more information and how you can involved: http://redboxproject.org/
Local Red Box Project areas are Havant & surrounding area, Hayling Island. Portsmouth, Southsea & Gosport
A survey of 1,000 women aged 14 to 21 carried out by the charity Plan International UK last October found 15 per cent struggled to afford sanitary products, while 10 per cent could not afford them at all. Twelve per cent have been forced to “improvise” to create their own sanitary wear.