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Surrey First Council In England To Provide Free Period Products Amid Urges For Rest Of Country To Follow Suit

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Surrey First Council In England To Provide Free Period Products Amid Urges For Rest Of Country To Follow Suit

Surrey has become the first council in England to provide free period products.

Teaming up with menstruation charity Binti International, who aims to eliminate stigma against periods, the county council will be providing sanitary towels free of charge in public buildings and offices in the area.

Surrey County Council are now calling for donations from the public to help roll out the scheme.

30 per cent of girls in the UK experienced period poverty in lockdown (Credit: Unsplash)
30 per cent of girls in the UK experienced period poverty in lockdown (Credit: Unsplash)
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Speaking about the collaboration, Binti International founder, Manjit K Gill, explains: "Our grassroots level conversations have taught us that deep-rooted barriers to breaking stigmas attached to periods are shared by all communities in one way or another.

"We have to be brave enough to challenge the reason behind the shame that leads to so many women and girls suffering in silence - not talking about it."

The initiative will launch in the area on 28th May, known in the UK as Menstrual Health Day. An app, created by Binti, will show where free menstrual products are available, and where you can provide donations.

Sanitary towels will be free to pick up (Credit: Unsplash)
Sanitary towels will be free to pick up (Credit: Unsplash)
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Council leader Tim Oliver said: "We would hate to think anybody would suffer in silence for fear of shame." Katie Stewart, council diversity lead, said no girl or woman should "suffer the indignity of managing their period without period products".

Surrey is following in the footsteps of Scotland, who became the first country in the world to make all period products free for those who need it.

A recent study by Plan International found 30 per cent of girls and women in the UK struggled to afford period products, with 54 per cent of these people instead having to rely on toilet paper. One in five added they struggled with the toilet paper shortage that had occurred during panic buying in the pandemic.

Period pants are now available at Primark (Credit: Primark)
Period pants are now available at Primark (Credit: Primark)
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The news comes after Primark has released a range of period pants specifically for those who menstruate.

Starting at £6, the pants, which are easily washed and entirely reusable, comes with four layers of protection to keep you feeling dry and fresh throughout the day.

We're finally one step closer to banishing period poverty once and for all.

Featured Image Credit: Unsplash

Topics: UK News, Life News, Periods, Health

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