Our Big Issue-Hey Girls mini-magazine devoted entirely to talking about periods, poverty and defeating plastic pollution has generated a fantastic reaction so far.
Starting with a pop-up launch of the social enterprise’s ‘UNSanitary’ campaign at ASDA Bedminster – where Hey Girls CEO Celia Hodson tried her hand at selling our special period issue – this week has seen the conversation around period poverty really step up a gear across the UK.
— Celia Hodson (@CeliaHodson) February 15, 2020
This week also saw the momentous news that the Scottish Government plans to support MSP Monica Lennon’s Bill to ensure free (and stigma-free) access to sanitary products for all. She wrote a piece for The Big Issue explaining why this matters, and we will be updating on the Bill’s progress.
A major print publisher devoting a whole special edition to menstrual health issues – as in the mini-magazine we’ve produced with Hey Girls – is a UK first. It features social enterprise champions and Hey Girls supporters Caitlin Moran and Michael Sheen celebrating the amazing work of schools, colleges and employers around the country in tackling period stigma, and looking at the environmental impacts of plastic period products. And – most importantly – it explains how all of us, men and women, boys and girls, can make a big difference taking small steps.