29 May 2019 - 08:12
In the News 29.04.19
One in five girls and young women are teased or bullied about their periods
- Based on a survey of 1,000 females (14 – 21 years old), this study was published by Plan International UK to coincide with the women and equalities minister, Penny Mordaunt, announcing the charity as co-chair of the government’s period poverty taskforce.
- Plan International UK’s chief executive, Tanya Barron, said girls were “facing unacceptable stigma and shame linked to their periods. Not only is this damaging girls’ confidence and self-esteem, it’s also having an often-overlooked impact on their education. Girls tell us they are missing out on school because of their period and struggling to catch up on schoolwork as a result. We can’t allow this to continue.”
- This story has appeared in the media including Metro, The Guardian and The Independent.
Period Poverty Taskforce – Minister announces next steps on Menstrual Hygiene Day
- Plan International UK, Procter and Gamble, and the Government Equalities Office (GEO) will work together with charities and businesses across a range of sectors to develop a comprehensive and sustainable response to period poverty in the UK.
- This news is also covered in The Independent
Opinion piece: ‘Access to menstrual health and hygiene is a right. Period.’
- The piece looks at stigma, taboos and period poverty.
More support is needed around menstruation in the workplace – article in The HR Director
- A new survey of 2,000 menstruators by CIPD training specialist DPG has revealed a significant period stigma in UK workplaces.
- Almost half of workers who experience periods (48 percent) say there is a noticeable stigma around the issue at the company they work for.