What’s happening?

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The South Australian Commissioner for Children and Young People has been working with other organisations to promote access to period products, appropriate infrastructure, high-quality information, and education, and to reduce the stigma of menstruation.

In February 2021, the SA Minister for Education announced that a grant will be provided to each public school in South Australia to ensure that access to sanitary products is not a barrier to learning.

The Commissioner produced a report, Menstruation Matters, in March 2021, which addresses the impact of menstruation on wellbeing, school participation and attendance, and involvement in educational, sporting and social activities.

In June 2021, the CCYP organised a National Period Summitwith partners Taboo, Chalice and GOGO Foundation, Period Revolution, and Modibodi, to raise awareness of period poverty and highlight areas for future action. More than 100 participants gathered in Adelaide to discuss periods and menstruation more broadly. (The 3 min video below provides an overview of the day’s proceedings.)

A total of 629 people signed the Commissioner’s Period Poverty Petition calling upon the state government, the feminine hygiene industry, and community stakeholders to work together to end period poverty permanently in South Australia. The dates for the petition coincided with International Menstrual Hygiene Day – a day set aside to break taboos surrounding menstruation, raise awareness about periods, and understand the importance of good menstrual hygiene management worldwide.

 
 “Every young person deserves to attend school feeling happy, cared for and ready to learn.”
(SA Minister for Education, The Hon. John Gardner MP)

 

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