Northern Ireland students will be given free hygiene products as part of a pilot program to tackle poverty during the period.
The one-year scheme will begin in September and products will be offered to the following students free of charge during the school year. Ulster University, Queen’s University, Stranmillis University College and St. Mary’s University College.
Free period products are already available on most campuses of six additional colleges of education in Northern Ireland.
This move occurs after the mural painting by Nuara Conbury of Belfast, dedicated to a campaign to end poverty during the period, has been completely polluted, causing public anger.
Diane Dodds, Minister of Economy In an announcement Wednesday, a one-year pilot said it would help Northern Ireland’s higher education institutions tackle the problem of period poverty.
Minister Dodds said: “One in ten young women between the ages of 14 and 21 in the UK can’t afford to buy hygiene products, and one in seven has a hard time buying hygiene products, according to a Plan International UK survey. These numbers are of great concern.
“This problem can have serious implications for higher education students. Interfering with class attendance, workplace placement, or even exams can significantly increase an individual’s chances of successfully completing a course. It may decrease.
“The negative impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the local economy has also disproportionately affected the types of work students tend to work while studying, thereby further increasing the risk of period poverty.
“This is further amplified by the fact that students who would have relied on schools, universities and products offered by universities have lost this access over the past year due to the closure of educational institutions.
“I am delighted to announce this pilot. I know it will be useful to many higher education students.”
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Period Poverty Pilot to Support Queen's and Ulster University Students
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