It’s no secret that period poverty is a rising issue within the UK, and despite the announcement of free sanitary products for primary and secondary schools, the lack of funding behind making periods an easier time for all women is, quite frankly, worrying.
And for university students, it’s no different. Drawing and Print student, Daisy Wakefield from the University of West England, noticed the issue of fellow students being unable to afford proper sanitary products and decided to act when her Bristol-based university failed to.
Using £100 of her own student loan, Daisy helped to provide free tampons for women across all campuses, even adding her own touch by designing personalised packaging across the 40 boxes.
Announcing her decision on Instagram, Daisy told followers: “After many emails saying ‘I’ll get back to you’ or ‘I’m not sure’, I’m tired of @uwebristol not addressing the crisis that is period poverty in the UK. Therefore, I, Daisy Wakefield have been forced to take matters into my own hands by supplying FREE sanitary products on all @uwebristol campuses.”
UWE said in response to Daisy’s campaign: “Period poverty is a global issue and we’re pleased UWE Bristol students are passionately advocating for change. The university does not currently supply free sanitary products on campus, though we would be pleased to meet with students to understand if there is an emerging need for this.”
Since Daisy’s post went viral on social media, other students are now working together to tackle the issue – but supplying free tampons is just the start.
After July, Daisy will no longer be a student, so is encouraging people to put pressure on universities, local MPs and workplaces to make supplying period products standard practise.
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