Free menstrual products for Manchester's homeless shelters and food banks.
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Recent studies have found that a British woman spends on average £492 annually on menstrual products. However, there are no official government funded services in place to help those who cannot afford these products. Stories from these women show that when faced with their own menstruation they have to resort to stealing, using unclean clothes as makeshift pads or tampons and lining their underwear with newspaper. Unfortunately this is a situation not only faced by adults but also by young girls who are part of families experiencing poverty. Yet, these are not alternatives that anyone should have to face, as they lead to criminal activity and health problems. This is not to mention the impact on their mental health.
Recently in New York governors have agreed that government provided menstrual products will be available in all public schools, shelters and prisons. This has made them pioneers in American Women’s Health legislation.
If you agree to mandatory provision of government funded menstrual products in homeless shelters and state schools across the city then Manchester can be a pioneer in the UK, much as New York is in the US, not only of Women's Health but also in tackling inequality.
The provision of these products will is a humanitarian effort towards greater equality and reduces obstacles to people experiencing poverty in our city.
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