Up to two-fifths of women in the UK face period poverty

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The rising cost of living has caused as many as two-fifths of girls and women in the UK to face period poverty, according to a new report

Globally, 3.5 billion women have monthly periods, with 25% (over 500 million) experiencing period poverty, according to charitable organisation Days for Girls. 

Action Aid defines period poverty as: "a global issue affecting those who don’t have access to the safe, hygienic menstrual products they need, and/or who are unable to manage their periods with dignity, sometimes due to community stigma and sanction". 

How is the UK affected by period poverty? 

In the UK, a recent survey revealed that up to two-fifths of women in some of the country's biggest towns and cities experienced period poverty.

The survey of 2,000 women revealed the 10 cities in the UK that are hardest hit by period poverty. Brighton and Hove was Britain's hardest hit city, with 46% of girls and women reporting that at times, they are unable to afford basic sanitary protection.

Other cities that ranked poorly were Oxford (40%), Birmingham (34%), Cambridge (32%) and York (32%).

Furthermore, one-quarter of women admitted facing challenges with their menstruation, but now they find it more difficult to afford period products compared to 12 months ago.

The data showed that cities where women struggle to afford period products were as follows: 

Brighton and Hove: 46%

Oxford: 40%

Birmingham: 34%

Cambridge: 32%

York: 32%

Southampton: 29%

Belfast: 29%

London: 28%

Manchester: 28%

Plymouth: 26%

What is being done to support women facing period poverty?

There are a number of charities nationwide which are supporting girls and women who face period poverty, such as Freedom4Girls and In Kind Direct

“We support thousands of UK charitable organisations with donated period products,” Rosanne Gray, of In Kind Direct. “Many of these organisations provide period products and period education workshops to women and girls in their local community.

“We hear stories of women making their own pads using cloth or loo roll and plastic bags taken from supermarkets, because they simply can’t afford these items.

“We don’t want women and girls to fall behind through not accessing the products they need each month, missing work and school. Period products power confidence and boost self-esteem, giving people the chance of a brighter future.

“The monthly donation of Bodyform products from Essity has never been more needed. We are so proud of our long-standing partnership as we look to support even more women and girls, enabling them to thrive.”

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