Stevenage friends launch seventh campaign in bid to tackle period poverty
PUBLISHED: 10:18 29 December 2017 | UPDATED: 10:18 29 December 2017
Two Stevenage women have launched their seventh campaign to collect donations of sanitary products for homeless women and those who are vulnerable.
Friends Sanya Masood and Sophie Harrold set up a project called A Bloody Good Cause in 2015, after hearing about a campaign called The Homeless Period.
The campaign was asking people to sign a petition to get the Government to give homeless shelters an allowance to buy sanitary products.
Shocked at the lack of state provision of sanitary products for homeless women, the pair set up their own project and have so far held six campaigns to collect tampons and sanitary towels to give to homeless shelters, women’s refuges and organisations which support refugees.
Sanya, of Turner Close, said: “We have officially launched our seventh campaign. This Christmas we are back to our road-tripping ways and we’ll be collecting donations to benefit three organisations – Solace Women’s Aid in London and Bloody Equality and Framework Housing Association in Nottingham.”
Solace Women’s Aid supports women and children escaping domestic or sexual abuse, Framework Housing Association tackles homelessness, and Bloody Equality aims to provide sanitary products to disadvantaged children and reduce period-related truancy from school.
Sanya said: “Our current campaign runs until January 20, after which we will be loading up our car and taking your donations to London and Nottingham. We would be absolutely thrilled if you could donate to our cause and help us in our quest to banish period poverty.”
Sanya and Sophie also took part in a Free Periods protest in London’s Parliament Square on Wednesday, December 20, calling for free sanitary products for girls on free school meals.
Sanya said: “This is to combat period-related truancy, which is sadly something which happens all too often for girls from low income backgrounds.”
To sign the Free Periods petition, visit www.change.org and search for ‘free menstrual products’.
If you would like to support Sanya and Sophie’s sanitary products collection, visit their Facebook page ‘A Bloody Good Cause’ and send them a message or post a comment.