Ahead of International Women’s Day, Minister for Women and Equalities and Secretary of State for International Development, Penny Mordaunt,* today (4 March) announced a new UK government campaign to end period poverty globally by 2030.
In many developing countries, it is estimated that half of all women and girls are forced to use rags, grass and paper to manage their periods. A lack of access to products, and the stigma and taboo that still surrounds periods, can force them to miss school or work, or even to live in isolated huts during their periods each month. In the UK, Girl Guiding UK found that 26% of girls aged 11-21 feel embarrassed talking to people about their period, and 21% had been made to feel ashamed or embarrassed about their period.
Ms Mordaunt’s new campaign pledges up to £2 million in UK aid support, through the Department of International Development (DFID) to help organisations which are already working to stamp out period poverty around the world
The current UK Aid Direct funding round, offering Community Partnership and Impact grants welcomes applications addressing any of the Global Goals. A portion of available funding is already reserved for projects addressing urban poverty, and following Penny Mordaunt’s announcement, projects working to support an end to period poverty globally will also be especially welcome.
*Please note: This is an old article. The current Secretary of State for International Development is Rory Stewart.