In recognition of World Menstrual Hygiene Day on 28th May, social enterprise TABOO, along with state politicians Connie Bonaros and Irene Pnevmatikos, have launched a petition urging the state government to provide free menstrual hygiene products for high school students.
The petition follows a finding by the Commissioner for Children and Young People that period poverty acts as a significant barrier to girls attending school within South Australia and calls for the availability of free menstrual hygiene products, following the example of countries such as Scotland who became the first country in the world to make period products free to all in 2020.
The report surveyed schools across South Australia, with 20% reporting teachers and staff members were purchasing products for students out of their own money.
The affordability of sanitary products, a lack of sanitary education and the social stigma surrounding discussions on menstruation are all factors that contribute to period poverty in Australia and across the world.
Although founded in 2016, many Australians became aware of TABOO’s incredible work earlier this year when co-founder Isobel Marshall was named 2021’s Young Australian of the Year for her services to shattering the social stigma around menstruation.
In their mission to end period poverty, TABOO sells and distributes sanitary products throughout Australia, using their net products to ensure women across the world have access to sustainable sanitary products and sanitary education.
Read more about the petition here.
Find out more about TABOO here.