Innovative Ideas From Period Poverty Workshop
8 July 2019
A group of nine students from Year 10 and 12 took part in a Period Poverty Commission event held at the Royal William Yard, along with other local schools.
Miss Easterbrook wrote this account of the day:
"We were lucky enough to have a talk from 17-year-old Bimini Love, who founded Street Cramps at just 15 years old.
Street Cramps is a campaign targeting homeless women in Cornwall. Bimini researched availability of sanitary products for these women and found there was nothing out there to help them, meaning they resorted to using paper towels, items of clothing, and old rags as a means of getting by every month.
With the help of crowdfunding and collaborations with different charities and organisations Bimini now has enough money and donations to provide these homeless women with a minimum of three years' worth of products, including heat packs and wipes.
Street Cramps has now also rolled out in Oxford and Manchester. The students were in awe of Bimini's charitable efforts at such a young age.
With the government now funding schools from September 2019 to reduce period poverty, the students brainstormed some wonderful ideas and plans as a starting point to tackle this and ultimately reduce the stigma, enabling our young people to confidently ask if they are in need of help.
Some ideas from our young people at our College:
- Nominated teaching staff/students who are identifiable with a different coloured lanyard as ‘go to’ people to retrieve products, placed throughout the school
- Student-led assemblies educating and demonstrating use and disposing of products safely and hygienically
- Monthly stock-ups on the 1st Monday of every month and nominated staff thereafter
Collaboratively as a group, the students also discussed a city-wide mufti day, in exchange for products/ wipes/ bags (for those that can) with the hopes of getting the press involved and really publicising what their aim is and how we are tackling period poverty. They were also very keen to have a core few students to meet up once a month to discuss what is working well/ what barriers there are. Miss Bevin and I were really impressed with the innovative ideas put forward by our students. They were really engaged in the conversation and it was lovely to see their passion and drive for something so important.