Period poverty social enterprise Hey Girls has revealed its pioneering new learning tool set to tear down the period stigma in schools.
‘My Period’ is a pack of 50 cards with an image on one side and a discussion on the other, ready to explain “everything you want to know” about periods by facilitating taboo conversations.
They are suitable for all ages and were designed with a range of settings – like classrooms, youth clubs, community centres or private homes – in mind. The launch follows extensive research by the social enterprise, which showed that conversation was the best way to teach people about periods.
Kelly Walker-Reed, Founder of Project Give, a period poverty charity, said: “These cards are fantastic, they include everything that we would wish to design ourselves. They are inclusive, which is at the core of everything we believe. They are frank, to the point, and don’t dance around sensitive issues but respect the differing knowledge of the audience. The best thing about them is that they’re so versatile.”
In schools, many pupils are only taught about periods once or twice – this often means just one girls-only session at the end of primary school and a biology lesson in secondary school.
The Hey Girls team has created a full pack of free lesson plans and guidance for schools and youth groups that can be downloaded online. It recommends that children are taught about periods annually from age 8 onwards, focusing on the basic practicalities and biology – until pupils are older, when they can examine how messaging in the media can influence stigma.