Period poverty acts as a barrier to students’ participation at school.
74% of schools surveyed in the report believed access to sanitary products was an issue for their students and 20% of schools reported that teachers are purchasing products for students out of their own money.
Hon Irene Pnevmatikos MLC and Hon Connie Bonaros MLC have been working together to address period poverty through the parliament. They recently passed the ‘Free Menstrual Hygiene Products Pilot Program Bill 2020’ in the Upper House. The Bill will soon be introduced in the Lower House.
“Periods don’t stop for pandemics. The lack of mobility due to self-isolation, panic buying and loss in income for families as a result of the coronavirus pandemic has created even more barriers to students who need to access these essential items.”
We encourage you to support our campaign through sharing the attached poster and petition in common places, with your networks and individual supporters. You can read their full letter here.
Please return completed petition pages to EndPeriodPovertySA@gmail.com. You can also track progress of the petition on https://www.facebook.com/End-Period-Poverty-in-SA-102655804808402.