Free sanitary products are to be handed out to tens of thousands of schoolgirls in Wales in a bid to tackle “period poverty”.
As many as 141,000 girls attending both primary and secondary schools in the country will benefit from the free menstrual products as part of the £2.3m scheme, the Welsh government has announced.
The move is part of efforts to combat the period poverty issue, with campaigners highlighting how schoolgirls are forced to miss days at school because they cannot afford the products. Two in five girls have had to rely on using toilet roll to manage their period, one charity’s survey revealed last year. Some were even forced to use socks or newspaper.