Support services have seen requests for period products and menstrual health advice increase during the pandemic.
To truly meet the needs of women, adolescent girls, and all people who menstruate, we need to address four key areas.
Cultural sensibilities around feminine hygiene products are contributing to a growing environmental crisis.
A trial program will provide free period products in schools in New South Wales, like South Australia and Victoria already do. The rest of Australia must follow suit.
There is little evidence that pads alone will keep girls in school – stigma, lack of appropriate infrastructure, and embarrassment need to be dealt with too.
Chhaupadi, the practice of exiling menstruating women and girls from their home, often to a cow shed, is still practised in some areas of Western Nepal.
Having a ‘period’ on the pill is far from necessary.
Scotland’s commitment to providing all students with free monthly supplies is showing the world how period poverty can be tackled.
The Scottish club’s move to support women’s struggles with menstruation and sport is the first of its kind.
Companies should abide by a set of principles in their engagement in schools to ensure they provide accurate and positive portrayals of menstruation.
Period product brands may appear all ‘woke’ and taboo busting, but we shouldn’t forget they helped create the taboos in the first place.
Because some people find it difficult to comprehend…