Rolls-Royce ‘leads the way’ with global backing for Unite’s period dignity campaign

Britain and Ireland’s largest union, Unite praised Rolls-Royce for ‘leading the way’ after the engineering giant gave its backing to the union’s period dignity campaign by agreeing to provide sanitary products at no cost in toilets across its operations in 50 countries around the globe. Rolls-Royce, which is headquartered in the UK, is the first multi-national company to make such a commitment. The global commitment comes after bosses at the Rolls-Royce plant in Washington, Tyne and Wear signed up locally to the campaign and then supported Unite representatives in raising…

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Boots UK partners with FareShare to tackle period poverty in Scotland

Boots UK has announced a new partnership with FareShare to support a Scottish project that offers sanitary products for women and girls on low incomes. Period poverty is a real issue in the UK. A 2018 survey by Young Scot and Scottish Government found that in the last year around one in four (26%) survey respondents at school, college or university had struggled to access sanitary products. Of those, 60% couldn’t access the product they needed, and nearly three quarters (71%) had to ask someone else for a tampon or…

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Teenage girls use photography to help end the shame and stigma around periods in Nepal

Teenage girls in Nepal have been harnessing the power of photography to get their community talking about periods and help end the silence, shame and stigma around menstruation. International charity WaterAid has been working with the group from Kavre, Nepal, to teach them how to manage their periods hygienically as well as photography skills, as many had never even picked up cameras before. They have now produced a series of touching images showing how traditional period taboos affect their lives. Their powerful gallery reveals how the belief that menstruation causes women…

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Period Poverty Products To Be Sold In Waitrose

Waitrose is the first retailer to sell Hey Girls sanitary products which are pioneering in tackling period poverty. The social enterprise uses a buy one, give one free structure to distribute sanitary products to girls and women who cannot afford them in the UK. The products will be available in 80 Waitrose branches from 13th of August and charities local to these shops will benefit from being sent sanitary goods to give to those in need. Sales in the branches will be tracked so Hey Girls will donate the equivalent…

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Nearly 1 in 7 Canadian Girls Have Missed School Due to Lack of Period Protection: Always® Wants to Help #EndPeriodPoverty and Keep Girls in School

The most recent Always® Confidence & Puberty Survey reveals that nearly one in seven Canadian girls have either left school early or missed school entirely because they did not have access to the feminine care products they needed to manage their periods. Missed school equals missed opportunities and a drop in confidence. It’s a simple equation. The lack of access due to economic factors is often referred to as “period poverty” and it impacts girls and women around the world. It can be especially damaging at puberty, when school interactions…

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