Plan International UK are delivering the Let’s Talk. Period project in partnership with Brook, funded by Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS). They are excited to announce the date of the Let’s Talk. Period Workshop for the North West Region which is taking place on Wednesday 13 March, 10am – 4pm at Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3JL.
In 2017, period poverty hit the headlines when a teacher in Leeds contacted a local charity, after she became concerned that girls were missing school because they couldn’t afford period products.
Since then, we’ve spent time understanding the root causes of period poverty, speaking to girls, teachers and experts and releasing a first-of-its-kind report on UK girls’ experiences of their periods, Break the Barriers.
Let’s Talk. Period is a new project committed to ending period poverty in England, which we’ll be delivering with Brook, the young people’s sexual health and wellbeing charity, funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).
Every day, 800 million people around the world have their period. The average woman menstruates for more than eight years during her lifetime – but periods are still shrouded in secrecy and taboo.
Here in the UK, this culture of shame is having a devastating impact on girls’ lives. Period stigma, combined with the high cost of period products and a lack of education, make up the ‘toxic trio’ of period poverty.
Let’s Talk. Period is a project that aims to tackle the ‘Toxic Trio’ and fight period poverty in England.
The project will:
• Pilot the P-Card Scheme in seven locations in England, ensuring those in need receive products, education and training.
• Bring together the network of organisations and professionals who are seeking solutions to period poverty
• Deliver the Period Poverty Grant scheme to support smaller organisations to tackle period poverty.
• Make sure young people have a voice when it comes to period poverty. We are currently recruiting for a Let’s Talk. Period. Youth Advisory Panel members.
To book a place, email: Nicola.Bristow@plan-uk.org
For more information about the project, visit: https://plan-uk.org/act-for-girls/lets-talk-period