KickStart For Kids Against Period Poverty
KickStart For Kids has launched a new program, KickStart For Kids Against Period Poverty. It aims to raise awareness, support, and funds for South Australian girls experiencing period poverty.
Taking on the fight against period poverty, KickStart For Kids will be dispensing free menstrual hygiene products to over 350 South Australian schools that currently participate in their breakfast program.
Period poverty refers to the issue of women and girls being unable to afford and have access to sanitary products. They are forced to use alternatives such as rags, toilet paper, newspaper, or resort to using sanitary products for an extended and dangerous amount of time.
A survey conducted in May of 2020 found that 26% of respondents had missed out on attending school due to not having access to sanitary products. Additionally, 51% of respondents reported not having access to products or not knowing how to access sanitary products at schools.
In February 2021, the South Australian State Government announced that over the next three years they will spend $450,000 on a program to provide free sanitary items in all South Australian public high schools.
This is a great first step but will only provide roughly 900 girls per year with sanitary products. This will leave a gap of thousands of school-aged girls that are potentially affected by period poverty.
Founder of KickStart For Kids, Ian Steel, says that period poverty is not just an issue happening overseas, it is right here in our backyard.
“There is still a long way to go in eliminating period poverty in South Australia. We owe it to the girls of South Australia. Getting involved can simply be raising awareness of the issue within the community or making a donation on our website so we can provide sanitary products,” Ian says.
For more information and all enquiries please visit the Kickstart Against Period Poverty website.
What: Kickstart for Kids Against Period Poverty
When: From June 2021
Where: South Australia
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