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  • The majority of women feel that a stigma still exists around periods
  • The majority of women feel that a stigma still exists around periods
    Jessica Podraza, Creative Commons (2018) ©

Hey Girls: sanitary pads on a social mission

From asylum seekers to schoolgirls, 10% of women and girls in the UK will experience period poverty in their lifetime. The new social start-up, Hey Girls is looking to smash the taboo and provide sanitary pads to those in need, but for how much longer will this figure remain so shockingly high?

Location United Kingdom

Across the UK, there are girls and women who are unable to afford the toiletries they need every month. And when the cost of sanitary products alone can add up to more than £18,000 over a lifetime, it’s asylum seekers, refugees and low-income families that are the worst hit. [1] In February 2018, journalist Sali Hughes launched Beauty Banks, a non-profit that delivers surplus toiletries to homeless shelters across the UK. Hughes argues that the shower gels, deodorants and shampoo it provides “while not a matter of life and death…[are] crucial for our dignity, self-respect, personal pride ...



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