All tagged Period Poverty
On 8th March 2019, the Hope Street Xchange in Sunderland will host a charity event in honour of International Women’s Day. North Eastern illustrator Hannah Rich comments on the event, where she will exhibit the portraits of Meghan Markle, Malala Yousefzai and Emma Watson.
Most of us have experienced that unease and paranoia; when a tampon falls out of our bag in public. Worst of all, most of us know how horrifying it is to realise that you have leaked. But, most of us probably don’t know what it’s like to not be able to afford basic menstrual protection.
How many times have you rushed to the toilet in a panic when you’ve suspected that your period has reared its ugly head unannounced? How often have you inwardly cursed yourself for forgetting tampons and resorted to a flaky makeshift toilet tissue pad? Or covertly emailed your colleagues to see if they can help a sister out?
We’ve heard a lot about period poverty over the last year. The fight to support people who are unable to afford sanitary products is being led by grass-roots organisations supplying refugees, food banks and schoolgirls with tampons, pads and menstrual cups. Now, one of the UK’s leading sanitary towel brands, Always, is running a campaign that wants to #EndPeriodPoverty. But activists in the field have accused the company of trying to cash-in on the back of a worthy cause.