A period poverty taskforce set up by the government has held its first meeting as it sets about tackling the financial obstacles and stigma surrounding menstruation.
Chaired by the minister for women and equalities (Penny Mordaunt, who has since been succeeded by Amber Rudd in Boris Johnson’s cabinet reshuffle). children’s rights charity Plan International UK and Procter & Gamble, a sanitary towel manufacturer.
After the meeting, the government announced a range of organisations it would be working with to take action on specific areas of period justice. This includes Bloody Good Period who will lead the effort to improve access to period products for everyone; the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine will focus on gathering comprehensive data and evidence; Binti International will fight to break down stigma and shame around periods alongside Sport England.
The taskforce was specifically designed to encourage a joined-up approach that allows experts from all sectors to collaborate on the issue of period justice.
In the meeting, all parties came together to look at what work needs to be done in those key areas and agree on a united vision to work towards.
Tanya Barron, chief executive of Plan International UK, said: “We’re delighted to have co-chaired the first meeting of the government’s period poverty taskforce, which represents the first real opportunity to tackle period poverty and stigma.