Combating Period Poverty on Campus


We all know that sanitary products are expensive. But have we ever thought about what happens to those people who can’t afford to buy them? What do they do then?

Joanna Anne, SUBU’s VP welfare and opportunities officer, has set up an initiative called “Comfort and Care on Campus” to combat this struggle that nearly half of women aged 14-21 face every month. Many students will avoid going to school as they can’t buy the sanitary products they need. Research by Girl Guiding UK has found that one in five girls and young women have been made to feel ashamed or embarrassed about their period.

In order to provide support for those students and staff on both Talbot and Landsdowne campuses that can’t afford to buy sanitary products, it is the student union’s initiative to provide these for you, free of charge. At Talbot campus, this will be located at the first-floor reception in Talbot House. At Landsdowne campus, this will be at Bournemouth House reception. In order to make this process more comfortable, you would just need to ask for “the red box” at either of these locations.

As Ade, president of SUBU, has said “we want to make sure that everyone is comfortable and looked after”.

This student’s union initiative can be seen alongside movements around the UK to tackle period poverty.  A recent Government movement launched in March this year will see £2m invested in international aid, in order to fund projects around the world providing sanitary products to young girls and women. It is the hope that through this initiative, period poverty will be at an end by 2030.