Happy Birthday to meeeee! This year I'm choosing to forgo material gifts to support a women's charity, and more importantly to spread awareness about a long-ignored issue...
PERIODS. You heard it right.
My conservative Catholic upbringing has trained me to recoil from the word with shame and disgust, but the truth of the matter is half the population bleeds every month and has done for centuries - so we just have to get used to it.
Pads and tampons are not cheap, but for anyone with a period, they are an absolute necessity. It is absurd that they are not free to those who need them. Many living in poverty resort to using toilet paper, old scraps of fabric or nothing at all.
Bloody Good Period aims to create a sustainable flow (pun intended) of sanitary protection for those who can't afford to buy them, including Asylum Seekers, refugees and people facing destitution.
We are currently in the midst of the greatest refugee crisis since the Second World War. Asylum Seekers receive a paltry £36 per week to live on. They are not allowed to work, or to claim benefits. Many women seeking asylum have incredibly heavy periods due to trauma and in some cases are injected with extra hormones to avoid rape on their passage to safety. These women live in fear of being persecuted in their own countries because of their race, gender, religion, nationality or political opinion.
BGP want to take the financial burden out of the most annoying time of the month by providing supplies to those who need them.
I'd like to donate my birthday to Bloody Good Periods in the hope of shedding some light on a bloody important issue.