Citizens Do: Demand an end to period poverty

Posted on: 20 June 2018

Written by: Charlie Marshall

With one in 10 women reportedly struggling to afford sanitary products, this week's Citizens Do is calling to end period poverty. Now. 


With little or no access to sanitary products, having a period if you’re homeless is a traumatic experience. And it doesn’t end there. The average lifetime cost of having a period is £4,800 and thousands of women across the UK can’t afford sanitary products. It’s reported that girls are even having to miss school because of it.

So, how can you help? We have loads of suggestions and most of them involve going to your local supermarket and stocking up on tampons! You can donate products (or cash if you’d rather) to The Homeless Period for homeless women or Bloody Good Period for Asylum Seekers. Pool resources: have a drive at work or with friends and send in bulk. Or take inspiration from the incredible 18-year-old campaigner Amika George's #FreePeriods and email Theresa May to ask her to provide free sanitary products for girls already on free school meals.

And most importantly, talk about the issue. You don’t have to be a woman to get involved in this. Let’s join forces and end period poverty. Period.

Share your experiences and stories using #CitizensDo or by emailing us here.

A request from Cardboard Citizens:

These are urgent times; we need you to spread the word.

Whatever actions you take across the next few weeks, please share them using #CitizensDo, or by posting on our forum page. You may think your single action is small or insignificant but it's not! Lots of small actions equal one BIG action, and by telling people about what you've done, you will inspire others. 

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