From Monday 20th January, every state-funded school and college in England will be able to order free period products for their students.
Amika George, 19, who started campaigning on period poverty two years ago, said the move would make a “massive difference” to girls who struggled to afford tampons and pads.
Ms George, now a student at Cambridge University, was inspired to start campaigning on the issue after reading about period poverty in the news. She said she was “shocked” to find out girls were missing school because of not having sanitary products. “I was still at school myself at the time and I couldn’t imagine having to deal with that,” she said.
In 2017 she started a petition calling for the government to fund free sanitary products in schools, using social media to build support for her campaign. Just a few months later she organised a protest outside Downing Street which attracted around 2,000 people.
In January this year she launched a legal campaign alongside the Red Box Project and The Pink Protest, arguing that period poverty was denying some girls their right to an education.
Reacting to the funding announcement Ms George said it was an “amazing first step” and the government had “finally taken action against period poverty”.
Terrence Higgins Trust and Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust have partnered up to deliver bSHaW (Buckinghamshire Sexual Health and Wellbeing). bSHaW offers a free, confidential service to meet the sexual health needs of all.