No More 'Period Dramas' in School

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Anika Vassell started this petition to UK Parliament

Both of my girls have had uncomfortable experiences in school where they have been questioned, reprimanded or faced punishment from both male and female teachers as a result of managing their periods. 

Far too many male teachers are embarrassed by the topic and we have found that many female teachers show a level of compassion based only on their own experiences.

Considering that in most schools - half of the cohort is female - we believe that it is time for the 'taboo' around periods to be lifted - particularly in places of education. 

We would like to see all teachers:

  • being trained on, not just the mechanics of the menstrual cycle, but also the physical impact and the practical implications.
  • having an understanding and respect for individual differences; knowing that different children experience the menstrual cycle differently with repect to length, heaviness of the bleed and pain.
  • to know and understand the impact that starting a period has on a young girl for the first time. 

We would like to see the steps that schools take written into government and school policy. 

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