RSVP Live are petitioning the Irish government to end period poverty and make sanitary products freely available to low income households, organisations, schools and colleges around the country – and they want your help.
Periods are an inconvenient reality for women, between the hassle, the mess, the cramps, the hormones; it’s safe to say we approach them each month with a bit of a groan.
However, for some of us periods represent a much bigger problem and are an ongoing cause of stress, with half of young Irish women admitting they struggle to afford adequate sanitary protection every month.
More than 1 in 10 young girls admit they often have to improvise with toilet roll or something else when they can’t afford to buy pads or tampons.
Scotland became the first country in the world to provide free sanitary products to women from low income households in 2017, and in August this year they are also set to become the first national government to make sanitary products available to those at school, college or university.
In a poll of nearly 5000 RSVP Live readers, 94% stated that women in Ireland should also be provided with free feminine hygiene products.
Figures from Plan International Ireland show that nearly 50% of young women in Ireland, between, 12-19 years struggle to afford sanitary products every month, with more than 1 in 10 admitting they often have to improvise with toilet roll or something else when they can’t afford to buy pads or tampons.
The total cost of a period during a female’s lifetime works out at a whopping €20,905
In Ireland, brand name sanitary products are priced between €2 – €6 a pack while a pack of pain relief tablets will typically cost around €4, added to this is the cost of soiled underwear, and that’s just your basic needs.
When you factor in the added costs on food and other toiletries at that time of the month, a British survey, (conducted by VoucherCodesPro.co.uk ), estimated that with the average woman menstruating 450 times, the total cost of a period during a female’s lifetime worked out at a whopping £18,450/€20,905.
For homeless women in Ireland the situation is even worse, as more often than not they do not have access to basic facilities like regular showers
For homeless women in Ireland, the situation is even worse, as not only do they lack the means to afford adequate sanitary protection, but more often than not they do not have access to basic facilities like regular showers.
It’s more than clear that this is an issue for women around the country, so the question is when are the government going to do something about it.
Make your voice heard by signing the petition to end Period Poverty in Ireland.