Weʼre raising £50 to Donate to Bloody Good Period - supplying feminine hygiene products to refugees, asylum seekers and those living in poverty
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We've probably all heard of period poverty at this point - those who menstruate not having access to an adequate supply of menstrual products (as they are still taxed as a 'luxury' item), missing out on school, work and normal life because of it and being placed at a significant disadvantage. Some of the worst affected by this crisis are refugees and asylum seekers.
Asylum seekers, contrary to what you may have been told, are not legally allowed to work and currently receive £37.75 per week from the government to live off of. A 2015 survey of 2,134 women aged 16 to 45 found that the average woman spends around £13 a month on sanitary towels, tampons, and/or menstrual cups, £8 on new underwear, and £4.50 on pain relief.
Meanwhile, refugees, who make up just 0.25% of the UK population, can represent anywhere between 28-50% of those sleeping in London's homeless shelters.
These people rely on drop-in centres, which Bloody Good Period founder Gabby Edlin found weren't ordering or distributing sanitary products as a necessity (like toilet paper, for example). Bloody Good Period supports 25 asylum seeker drop-in centres in London and Leeds, ensuring a 'steady flow' - if you will - of menstrual products reaches those most in need. They are aiming to support many more centres and food banks in the future.
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For my 23rd birthday I'm asking for donations to Bloody Good Period, a grassroots organisation providing menstrual products to refugees, asylum seekers and those who can't afford them.