In the UK, asylum seekers receive a paltry £37 per week to live on. They are not allowed to work or to claim benefits. Many women seeking asylum have incredibly heavy periods due the trauma caused by displacement and, in some cases, are even injected with extra hormones to avoid rape on their passage to safety.
A heavy and irregular period could cost around £20 per month; that’s almost a quarter of an asylum seeker’s total income. Menstrual products are essential - and unlike toilet paper, are not free in public areas, leaving many to go without pads and tampons, using toilet paper, rags, socks, or nothing at all. It is intolerable that these women do not have access to the menstrual products they so desperately deserve.
Recognising the trauma and anxiety caused by not having access to essential menstrual products; Bloody Good Period’s vision is of a society in which asylum seekers, refugees and otherwise displaced people and their dependents have unrestricted access to high quality, free period supplies of their choice.
In just 12 months, what started as a small Facebook whip-round for donations by our founder Gabby Edlin, has become a powerful movement and a leading voice in advocating for refugee and asylum seekers’ rights and the eradication of period poverty. Now run by 60 plus volunteers, we send out 2,000 pads to 9 projects and drop-in centres across the country, as well as leveraging our reach and supporters to provide ad hoc aid to efforts such as the Grenfell Fire and Dominica Hurricane.
While the organisation has been extraordinarily successful in its short life, we have hit a crux point. Poverty and inequality in the UK continue to increase and in turn, so does demand for our services. Running the organisation around full-time jobs and relying solely on the goodwill of volunteers is simply no longer sustainable. To this end we are incorporating as a standalone charity; we have developed an ambitious strategy and business plan and we need your help.
In order to equip Bloody Good Period with the infrastructure and resources it needs to do its mission justice, we need to raise enough money to employ our founder part-time and enable us to achieve our goals. Any amount you can contribute to this effort would be transformative.
Your donations will also help us: buy extra items to top up donations for the drop ins, insure our storage space, transport goods, and help us reach more people by raising our profile.