GIRLS! Right? we all know the words to that famous Bey track from 2011, if you don’t know it here’s the gist “who run the world GIRLS” and so on and so forth.
This week I was made aware of an alarming piece of information that young girls in the UK are having to use socks as sanitary products. Young girls are having to take time off school due to this and it is something that broke my heart, and I’ve since decided to make it my mission to make as much awareness about this as I physically can.
I’ll hold my hands up and be honest I don’t know what we can do to change this but if raising awareness even on my little platform can do something to change one girls life then I’m doing something right.
I decided to email another blogger with a much larger following than myself as she has a teenage daughter I felt she was the best person to contact in regards to raising awareness. She came across a charity called every month campaign on one of the articles I had sent her I’m not sure what’s happened from there as of writing this but I checked this company out myself and what they do is incredible! Their aim is to get menstrual products to all in need in Manchester and are now trailing it out in London. Obviously this isn’t accessible to people all over the UK due to their funding.
I then decided to contact Tampax to see what or if they are/were doing in regards to this situation or if there was anything I could do to help her reply to my request was as follows :
Hi Kerry and thanks for your email.
Supporting girls and women is at the heart of Always and Tampax brand and guides everything we do. Our aim is to build women’s confidence via campaign and reliable product. Always has been a vocal advocate for girls and women’s empowerment globally for more than 30 years by providing multiple programs and tools girls need to be unstoppable, reaching millions of women and girls worldwide.
We are committed to support women with product donations as well, and we partner with a HRM Prince Charles Charity to do that. For any charity that could benefit from our products donation, we kindly encourage them to contact our In Kind Direct on email@example.com or go to the website for more information: http://www.inkinddirect.org/
I was still adamant more was needed to be done, I have a tendency to really get stuck into something if it’s struck a cord with me and this really has, we discuss girl power, girls running the world, building each other up but we aren’t mentioning this because we aren’t aware of it really. We need to support ALL women from all walks of life to really be able to grow because when women support women wonderful things can happen. What angers me most about this whole situation is condoms are so readily available and free on the NHS but sanitary products are not. Before any one berates me and thinks WELL CONDOMS STOP STIS YOU MORON. I am well aware but here’s the real deal. Sex is optional, you don’t have to have sex. Periods aren’t optional there’s no opt out button, there’s that little break when you’re growing a child but other than that you see the red pal every month and some times she’s really angry and causes you a lot of pain.
I’ve had a couple of messages from people wondering what they can do to help at first I wasn’t sure other than donate to your local food bank or school. The other thing you can do is contact your local MP, for Bournemouth where I live our MP is Tobias Ellwood. I sent him an email explaining who I am and why I was writing to him in the hope that there would be something he could do or to at least be able to help raise awareness. The other thing you can do is and probably the most important is raise awareness! If you’re not able to donate yourself then spread the word so that someone who might be able to would do it.
Lastly if you are reading this and can’t afford sanitary products for yourself.Please contact your local food bank and other local authorities. However if you can’t access them through that contact me via email and I will do everything in my power to source some!
That’s all the information I have at this current moment if I hear any more I’ll be posting it on my Instagram so if you want to keep up to date with this find me there.
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