The Welsh government today announced it is investing £1 million on tackling period poverty and dignity.
I have been raising this concern with the Welsh Government since October last year so I am delighted that the Welsh Government has followed up the commitment made to me by Carl Sargeant.
Local authorities will receive £440,000 over the next two years to tackle period poverty in their communities where levels of deprivation are highest and £700,000 of capital funding to improve facilities and equipment in schools - ensuring that all girls and young women can access good sanitary facilities when they need them.
I agree with RCT that sanitary materials are as essential as toilet paper.
There are two key issues here
- Disadvantaged women including families relying on food parcels, homeless women, as well as women with addiction problems who simply do not have the money to buy pads and tampons. In the 6th richest economy in the world it is unacceptable that women are having to use loo paper and rags to deal with their period.
- Period dignity. Surveys done by RCT councillors and Wings, a grassroots women’s organization in Ogmore and Bridgend demonstrate that many schools are inadequately equipped to support girls dealing with the monthly event that is a sign of a healthy young woman. Many primary schools do not provide sanitary disposal bins – a recipes for blocked drains and not all schools provide easy access to pads and tampons when pupils need them.
Jane Hutt AM and I have proposed a motion on Period poverty and dignity. I hope that the motion that will be debated in Plenary after the Easter break.
Friday 23 March 2018