Good News Friday: Periods, Sacheen Littlefeather, Burberry

This week, we celebrate a country ending period poverty, an overdue apology and a luxury fashion brand setting sustainable goals

Public apology 

Sacheen Littlefeather has received an apology from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Ampas), the body that oversees the Oscars, almost 50 years after she rejected an award on behalf of Marlon Brando. Marlon declined the award due to “the treatment of American Indians”. 

Ampas has commented that Sacheen’s appearance was “a powerful statement that continues to remind us of the necessity of respect and the importance of human dignity.”

“The abuse you endured because of this statement was unwarranted and unjustified. The emotional burden you have lived through and the cost to your own career in our industry are irreparable. For too long the courage you showed has been unacknowledged. For this, we offer both our deepest apologies and our sincere admiration.”

Sustainable fashion

Burberry has become the first luxury fashion brand to receive approval for its net-zero emissions target by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). SBTi is seen as a gold standard for companies aiming to reduce their carbon footprint.

“Burberry’s net-zero targets match the urgency of the climate crisis and set a clear example that their peers must follow,” said SBTi CEO Luiz Amaral in a statement. “Climate science tells us that we need rapid and deep emissions cuts if we are to achieve global net-zero and prevent the most damaging effects of climate change.”

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Eliminating period poverty

Scotland has become the first country in the world to offer free period products to ‘anyone who needs them’. All products will be distributed through councils and education providers as the Period Products Act comes into force.

Labour MSP Monica Lennon said: "Local authorities and partner organisations have worked hard to make the legal right to access free period products a reality.

"This is another big milestone for period dignity campaigners and grassroots movements which shows the difference that progressive and bold political choices can make.

"As the cost-of-living crisis takes hold, the Period Products Act is a beacon of hope which shows what can be achieved when politicians come together for the good of the people we serve."


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