Rachael Maskell MP met with the founders of The Red Box Project in York, a new community-funded project which provides sanitary products for primary and secondary school girls who are in need of them. This project has been set up to tackle ‘period poverty’, an inequality faced by young women who cannot afford sanitary products for their entire periods. The main aim of the project is to provide every young woman in need with enough sanitary products for their entire period so they do not miss school because of their period.
The project has already set up ‘red boxes’ – a box filled with sanitary products and spare pants kept with the school Nurse – in three York schools and intends on soon having red boxes in every school in York. This project is part of a nation-wide effort to help alleviate ‘period poverty’, which includes getting rid of the Tampon Tax.
Rachael Maskell MP says:
“I fully support the work that The Red Box Project are doing here in York. Education is a right for everyone without discrimination, and that includes young women who have their periods. It’s awful that such poverty still exists in the UK so that many young women feel they cannot attend school during their periods because they do not have access to sanitary products. The Red Box Project have already raised enough money to put boxes in three schools across York which is fantastic.
"I commend and support campaigning done by Labour representatives Paula Sherriff MP and Monica Lennon MSP on issues related to all women having access to sanitary products, including issues such as the Tampon Tax.”
The Red Box Project have set up a JustGiving please give generously