What is period poverty?
Period poverty is where people are unable to afford basic menstrual hygiene products. Research by Plan International UK has highlighted the scale of period poverty in the UK. It revealed that one in ten young people have been unable to afford period products and have had to improvise sanitary wear because of the cost.
Scott Gibson, Chair of the Angus Community Planning Partnership, said:
“In Scotland 1 in 5 people are affected by period poverty which is 1 too many. Angus Community Planning Partnership are committed to eradicating period poverty in Angus by 2021.”
Sustainability & Periods
Sustainability and the environment are important with Angus being a rural area. To support the poverty and wellbeing agenda we partnered with Proper Pads, a local social enterprise who make washable cloth pads. In total 16 proper pad workshops have been held. Our workshops have been very well received. The workshops allow people to make 2 reusable products, but an unintended consequence has been the relationships people have built through developing these products together and having rich conversations with each other. To date 56 people have attended our workshops, including a women’s community justice project, with 100% of attendees advising they would recommend them to others.