Preventing period poverty in Plymouth

It is a sad truth that many women, of all ages, struggle or fail to afford even basic levels of sanitary protection for their periods. In a bid to tackle this Plymouth City Council has announced today that it has set up a commission to examine the impact that period poverty has in Plymouth, identify work that is already being done to tackle it and make practical recommendations to address period poverty in the future.

The commission has been asked to report its findings to Cabinet in the summer.

The commission is being chaired by Lindsey Hall, Chief Executive of the Real Ideas Organisation, and will include members from the council’s Public Health team and primary and secondary school head teachers.

Lindsey said: “It’s absolutely wonderful to be asked by Plymouth City Council to lead this important piece of work. I can’t think of a more appropriate day to announce this than International Women’s Day, when we are celebrating incredible women but also recognising how far we still have to come in some areas of society.”

Councillor Chris Penberthy, Cabinet Member for Housing and Co-operative Development said: “Did you know that one in 10 young women have been unable to afford period products? And that more than a tenth have had to improvise a sanitary product? This is shocking that such a fundamental part of living safely, comfortably and with dignity is overlooked. It is essential that we ensure that all women are able to afford their periods. When women and girls are missing out on school, work or volunteering because they can’t afford tampons or pads the impact of period poverty is felt by everyone.”