Funding to help tackle period inequality

Charity awarded more than £500,000 to provide sanitary products to women on low incomes across Scotland

Thursday 5th September 2019

More than £500,000 has been given to help provide period products for women on low incomes across Scotland.

The Scottish Government has awarded the funding to charity FareShare, which will distribute sanitary products to more than 500 organisations, including community centres, food banks, refuges and drop-in centres.

Communities secretary Aileen Campbell said the £530,000 grant would help remove barriers some women face in accessing period products.

She said: “It is unacceptable in this day and age that some individuals are missing out on education or staying at home because they can’t easily access sanitary products.

“As a government, we will continue to tackle period inequality and make more products available in dignified way to those who need it the most.”

FareShare redistributes surplus food to frontline charities and community groups through its centres in Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow and Edinburgh

Gillian Kynoch, head of FareShare Scotland, said while its main objective was to get surplus food to vulnerable people, it was also in a “unique position” to help tackle the issue of period inequality.

She added: “It’s not right that those on the lowest incomes have to make the agonising choice between buying food for their families and sanitary protection, which is why this funding from the Scottish Government is so vitally important.”