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Manchester High School for Girls

Mission Menstruation: Raising awareness of Period Poverty

Students in Year 10 have developed a project to raise awareness of period poverty throughout the School.

While studying poverty during form time, girls in 10H learned that period poverty has forced more than a quarter of females to miss work or school and that one in four women are unable to afford sanitary products. In response, they collected sanitary products and made them freely available in toilets around the School under the banner of ‘Mission Menstruation’.

Mr Jones, 10H’s form tutor, commented: “I was really quite moved when the girls told me about their idea, it shows a maturity and empathy beyond their years. I’ve always been very proud of how girls at Manchester High support each other and this project just emphasises that. I would like to express my thanks to all the parents, staff and students who supporting my form with this fantastic initiative.”

Anna, a pupil invovled in the project, said: “I had no idea that so many people suffered from period poverty. When we started to talk about it in form time, we realised that we had to do something. It’s not something that people speak about often, so we would have no idea if people around us are struggling. I hope that people feel comfort in knowing that they will be able to be able to access free sanitary products at Manchester High.”

"I was really quite moved when the girls told me about their idea, it shows a maturity and empathy beyond their years."

Mr Jones