More than £3m has been pledged to help end period poverty in Wales
Schools in Wales are set to benefit from more than £3m in 2020 to help address period poverty. The funding from the Welsh Government will allow primary and secondary schools and colleges to provide free sanitary products to students who might need them.
In addition to the £3.1m for schools, the Welsh Government has pledged a £220,000 fund for local authorities to provide free period products in public buildings such as libraries or community hubs.
The funding has been welcomed by members of Carmarthenshire’s Youth Council, Amber Treharne (aged 16) and Rebecca Lewis (15). They have been campaigning to end period poverty in their county by donating sanitary boxes of sanitary products to schools. They have also recently set up a partnership with a local branch of The Body Shop.
“It’s just ensuring a girl’s period isn’t a barrier to her succeeding in life,” Treharne said.
In March 2019, the Welsh Government pledged £2.3m to help schools tackle this issue.
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