Access to sanitary products for women in custody

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It is essential that women's dignity is respected while they are in custody, and that they have access to suitable sanitary products immediately that they need them.


Custody suite staff (who are predominantly male) are "routinely ignoring the need to supply tampons and sanitary towels" according to the Indpendent Custody Visitng Association (ICVA).


The ICVA reported that women in custody have had to resort to using toilet paper, or to "bleed out in paper suits".


We demand that Amber Rudd acts without delay to:


• ensure minimum hygiene standards for women in custody, including hand washing facilities, access to showers, a choice of menstrual products, pain relief


• ensure that women in custody are treated with dignity and respect


• ensure that menstrual products are never withheld as a punishment, a display of power, or to humiliate women in custody


• ensure women in custody have access to a woman police officer about their period related needs


[Petition started by Karen Davis, Parliamentary Candidate for Norwich North, Emma Corlett, Deputy Leader Norfolk County Labour Group, Jo Smith, Equalities Officer Norwich Labour Party, Emma Hampton, Political Education Officer Norwich Labour Party]


Promoted by Alan Pawsey on behalf of Norwich Labour Party, both of St Marks Church Hall, Hall Road, Norwich, NR1 3HL


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