Demand free menstrual products across Sheffield as one in five young women cannot afford them

Councilors Jayne Dunn and Julie Grocutt submitted a full council motion next week urging Sheffield Council to commit to looking at how menstrual poverty, shame and inequality can be addressed.

They were alarmed that in a survey of 1,000 British girls aged 14 to 21, more than one in four struggled to afford menstrual products and nearly one in five did not. couldn’t afford it.

They said: “As a result, menstrual poverty is a serious problem for women in the city, disproportionately affecting groups who already face barriers to accessing help, including ethnic minority groups, refugees and asylum seekers, people with disabilities, young carers and young people with disabilities. care – creating indignity and a heavy mental health burden through stigma.

Sanitary products.

The motion urges the council to: explore ways to provide free menstrual products, call on schools to join the government’s free menstrual product scheme, develop a menstrual leave policy, create a “menstrual equality charter”, lobby government to fund free menstrual products in all public buildings and encourage local businesses and organizations to make similar commitments.

The motion also included several demands to make Sheffield more friendly to postmenopausal women. This included the CEO developing a plan within the next three months to incorporate the GMB Menopause Smash the Stigma Workplace policy.

The full council will take place on Wednesday November 2 from 2 p.m.

The full meeting agenda and link to watch the live webcast can be found here: https://democracy.sheffield.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=154&MId=8358

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