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'Period Poverty' victory for University of Southampton Liberal Democrats

March 1, 2018 12:25 PM
By Southampton Liberal Democrats

The Liberal Democrat society at the University of Southampton is celebrating as their scheme to make menstrual products available for free to women unable to afford them is enacted by the Students' Union.

The launch of the trial scheme has been timed to coincide with the University's Women's Health Month.

Olivia ReedOlivia Reed, President of the Liberal Democrat Society, commented:

"We have worked hard over the past few months campaigning for the improvement of student welfare by asking for the University of Southampton to eradicate period poverty at the University. Menstrual products are a necessity, not a luxury. They are as essential as toilet paper.

"We called for the Students Union to do a trial period, for students who need menstruation products to come and pick it up for free. Distribution of free sanitary products, could easily be made an accessible and convenient way for students to collect. This scheme has already been installed in other universities such as the University of the Arts London and Newcastle University."

Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Jo Swinson says:

"A survey by Plan International UK found that 1 in 10 girls had been unable to afford sanitary products. The fact that no one talks about this means that it remains hidden. In a country as well-off as Britain this simply shouldn't be happening. And it can be stopped. We can end period poverty. The truth is it, it wouldn't even cost a lot, relatively speaking.

"We are not alone in advocating for a change. Tens of thousands of people have signed petitions calling for the end of period poverty, and it is time that as a party we add our voice, and add it in numbers. Please take a moment now to add your name to our petition here."

End Period Poverty