15 Aug 2022

Derry councillor says we can't be left behind in 'period poverty' campaign

A Derry councillor has said that we must step up the local campign to tackle 'period poverty' by providing free sanitary products in schools, universities, workplaces and sport and leisure buildings. Sinn Féin Councillor Sandra Duffy said the decision by the Scottish Government that every school, college and university in Scotland is set to provide free sanitary products for the new academic year. She also spoke about the success of the 'On the Ball' campaign led by three young Celtic supporters in Scotland for free sanitary products at sports grounds should spurn everyone to look the feasibility of introducing similar initiatives here. Councillor Sandra Duffy who has been leading the campaign locally on this issue said: “I have been inspired over recent months by the success of the campaign spearheaded by Orlaith Duffy, Erin Slaven, Mikaela McKinley to get free sanitary products into Celtic Park football ground in Glasgow. The 'On the Ball' campaign has grown considerably with clubs right across Scotland and England now coming on board. “At the weekend it was announced by the Scottish Government following research there that every school, college and university in Scotland is set to provide free sanitary products for the new academic year. “I believe that a place like Derry should also be taking the lead on bringing about such positive change and it should be the norm in schools, universities colleges, workplaces, football grounds, concert venues for free access to sanitary product provision. “I totally understand trying to bring in any new scheme that there will always be teething problems and working out the practicalities but I think it’s important locally we are looking at solutions not putting up barriers otherwise we will be left behind. “If anyone wishes to speak to me on this issue please feel free to call me on 07800506328." Pictured above: Hampers of free sanitary products to combat 'period poverty'.

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