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Period dignity programme expanded

Cardiff Council is further expanding its programme to promote period dignity.

From the start of the new school term, reusable period pants have become available for learners in primary schools, free of charge.

Period pants are already available in Cardiff secondary schools, along with a wider range of eco-friendly and reusable options.

As well as being eco-friendly, period pants are said to be proving popular with young people due to their ease of use, as well as to prepare them for their first period.

Since 2019, Cardiff’s period dignity initiative has seen an investment of almost £1.5million, providing those who need them with access to free period products. The aim is to help tackle stigma and address period poverty in communities, while improving school facilities to ensure dignity for learners.

Cardiff Council deputy leader, Sarah Merry said: “Cardiff’s period dignity programme has gone from strength to strength, and over the last five years, hundreds of thousands of period products have been delivered to schools, helping to alleviate barriers to education and address matters of affordability.

“We will continue to listen to young people to identify issues and co-produce solutions so that they feel they are treated with dignity and respect and any shame in relation to periods is eradicated.”

Funded by Welsh Government, the programme has contributed to Cardiff’s recognition of becoming a UNICEF Child Friendly City, where the views and priorities of children are at the heart of decision making.

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