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 International   Period poverty
 in particular,
 Women’s Day   was an issue
 that the young

 2019  women felt
 needed tackling
 as a matter of
 Images by / lluniau gan: Laura Garside
 Period poverty, access to mental health services and
 equal pay were among the issues raised by young
 women on International Women’s Day 2019

 INCREASE THE NATIONAL   pledge to fund free menstrual
 n 8 March, in   MINIMUM WAGe for apprentices   products in English schools.
 collaboration   and roll out National Living Wage   Ben has written to the Leader
 with the Young   for under-25s  of Ceredigion County Council
 Women’s Trust,   urging the local authority to look
 Ben Lake MP   PERIOD POVERTY: campaign,   at ways they can help tackle this
 Ohosted a ‘Real   raise awareness and look to   gendered inequality, such as
 Talk’ workshop aimed at young   introduce policies to mitigate the   providing sanitary products free
 women aged 16 to 30 years old.   effects of period poverty  of charge in all public buildings
 Young women from all walks of      including schools, libraries,
 life came together at the Coliseum   Period poverty in particular, was   community centres and council
 Coffee House to voice their   an issue that the young women   owned and operated public offices.
 concerns and share their hopes for   felt needed tackling as a matter   Such implementations would have
 the future.  of urgency. A recent report from   significant impact on the lives of
 Ben Lake said: “It was great to   FreedomforGirls found that period   women across the county.
 hear new ideas for change and   poverty has a direct impact on   Ben looks forward to making
 to discuss ways in which we can   education, with pupils in Wales   further representations on behalf
 improve the lives of young people   missing lessons every month due   of the young women who made
 in Ceredigion. The experiences of   to their periods. A RightsInfo   their voices heard at the workshop
 women and girls must be heard,   investigation discovered thousands   over the next few months. He also
 both locally and nationally. After   of women were relying on food   intends to hold similar events in
 all, it is impossible for policies to   banks to get through their monthly   future to engage and consult with
 be truly effective if they do not   periods.  constituents across all age groups
 reflect the wishes, and address the   Since the workshop, Ben has   and backgrounds.
 challenges faced by all in society.”  welcomed the Welsh Government’s
 The young women set out three   very recent announcement about
 priorities for Ben to campaign on:  the “period dignity grant for   Freedom for Girls:
 schools” scheme in Wales. It follows
 EDUCATION: ensure that equality   the Scottish government’s funding
 issues and mental health awareness   of free sanitary items in schools,   RightsInfo: www.rightsinfo.
 training is included on all PGCE   colleges and univeristies last year,   org/uncoveringperiodpoverty/
 courses  and Chancellor Philip Hammond’s

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