Why We're Protesting to End Period Poverty With the Pink Protest

It's an experience that we likely all shared amongst our teenage years: Bunking off PE, avoiding sleepovers like they were exams and sometimes even skipping school under the guise of a cold—all because we got our period. But for a ridiculously high proportion of the UK's teenagers, getting their period is truly an inconvenience for one key reason: They can't afford sanitary products.

In fact, one in 10 girls in the UK are unable to afford tampons, and as a result, they are missing school and other activities each and every month. And it's an issue that The Pink Protest just can't let slide. Keep scrolling to find out what their #FreePeriods movement aims to do about it.

The Pink Protest is a collective of activists founded by columnist Scarlett Curtis, Grace Campbell and 18-year-old founder of the #FreePeriods movement, Amika George. Their aim is to smash the taboo around periods and make the experience a whole lot more comfortable for women across the country.

“Let's get talking. Regardless of how gross, disgusting or graphic, tell everyone you know—friends, parents, siblings, teachers, the postman—about your period. We need to smash the taboo around menstruation and this can only be done by expelling any embarrassment or shame and talking about periods. No matter how bloody," urges George.

Now, the collective is turning their focus onto the case of period poverty, which unsurprisingly has already received momentous public support by many influential figures across the UK, including members of parliament Jess Philipps and Paula Sherriff, along with Youtuber Tanya Burr and comedian Ayesha Hazarika.

Yet still, the powers that be fail to step up to the plate and make a change and so The Pink Protest are about to make some serious noise.

Enter, the #FreePeriods protest. On Wednesday 20 December, the activists aim to rally together hundreds (if not thousands) of supporters to call upon Prime Minister Theresa May to provide free sanitary products to every girl in the UK currently receiving free school meals. As well as simply causing a stir in Central London, they've also got incredible speakers such as Adwoa Aboah, Daisy Lowe and Daughters of Eve campaigner Nimco Ali.

If you want to attend, you'll find all the details below—we'll see you there. But if you can't make it to London on the day, there are still things you can do: "Firstly, write to your MP to tell them to want period poverty to be addressed in Parliament," explains The Pink Protest. "And secondly, sign the petition and share the Free Periods website." Or better still, do all three to help make our voices heard.

The Details

Where: Richmond Terrace, Opposite Downing Street, SW1A

When: 20 December 2017, 5–8 p.m.

Wear: Red

Sign up: Via Facebook here

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