The stigma of period poverty needs to end

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It’s fair to say that the Scottish government’s £5.2 million pledge to enable all schools, colleges and universities in Scotland to provide free sanitary products for students was met by worldwide acclaim. It’s tackling an issue that until now has been cloaked in stigma.

For many young people in the UK, menstruation is an active barrier to participation in day-to-day life, including their education. Perhaps the most worrying statistics concern the use of sanitary products; in a recent survey, 10 per cent of young women stated they had been unable to afford sanitary products and 12 per cent had ...

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