More work needed to help those in period poverty says Alliance
More work is needed to tackle period poverty in the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon areas says Alliance.
Cllr Eóin Tennyson said that while provision of free period products and leisure centres is welcome, it is only the a first step.
“I’m delighted that period products will now be available free of charge from the South Lake, Banbridge and Orchard leisure centres following the proposal of Cllr McKinstry,” he said.
“However, this is only the first step and we must strive to ensure that we are providing free sanitary products across all of our public facilities and sporting grounds across Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon.
“The statistics are stark - over a quarter of girls in the UK have reused a sanitary product because they can’t afford a fresh one, while one in seven have had to borrow sanitary wear from a friend due to affordability issues.
“This is about much more than sanitary provision, it’s also about dignity and basic fairness for women.
“During the pandemic the community and voluntary sector has been leading on this issue. ABC Council must now step up to the plate,” said the Alliance Councillor.
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