San­i­tary prod­ucts in schools

Pe­riod poverty is tack­led

Hamilton Advertiser - - NEWS - Staff reporter

Ev­ery school in South La­nark­shire is to be sup­plied with san­i­tary prod­ucts to sup­port equal­ity and en­sure that no girl has to miss any of her ed­u­ca­tion.

It comes a month af­ter it was an­nounced all schools in North La­nark­shire will be stocked with free san­i­tary prod­ucts in a bid to tackle pe­riod poverty.

In what was un­der­stood to be a first for any lo­cal author­ity in Scot­land, that move by North La­nark­shire en­sured all pupils at­tend­ing pri­mary, sec­ondary and ad­di­tional sup­port needs schools will have free ac­cess to the prod­ucts.

Neigh­bour­ing South La­nark­shire has now fol­lowed suit and Coun­cil­lor Collette Steven­son, South La­nark­shire Deputy Provost, said: “I am ab­so­lutely de­lighted to see this mov­ing ahead.

“Schools, both pri­mary and sec­ondary, have re­ceived a sup­ply of prod­ucts that are to be made freely avail­able to any­one who needs them, re­gard­less of whether it’s for a one-off emer­gency or on a reg­u­lar ba­sis and, cru­cially, this in­cludes al­low­ing for school hol­i­days.”

Coun­cil­lor Ju­lia Marrs, the spokesper­son for Youth at South La­nark­shire Coun­cil, added: “This is a com­mit­ment to sup­port the equal­ity, dig­nity and rights of young peo­ple to en­sure that any lack of ac­cess to san­i­tary prod­ucts does not im­pact on any­one’s abil­ity to fully par­tic­i­pate in ed­u­ca­tion.”

Head of ed­u­ca­tion at South La­nark­shire, Lynn Sherry, said: “We very much wel­come this ini­tia­tive in the in­ter­est of equal­ity and op­por­tu­nity for all.

“No young per­son should be held back from be­ing able to ac­cess ed­u­ca­tion.

“It is great to see that all schools in the area are work­ing with pupils and staff to iden­tify how best to make th­ese prod­ucts freely avail­able while pro­tect­ing their dig­nity and avoid­ing anx­i­ety, em­bar­rass­ment and stigma.”

The South La­nark­shire ini­tia­tive is as­sisted by fund­ing from the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment.

Chloe Carmichael, a mem­ber of the Scot­tish Youth Par­lia­ment, was also de­lighted to hear the news, and added: “This is some­thing I have been work­ing on for a long time.

“It is some­thing that is re­ally needed for many reasons, and so it is great to see it start­ing to be­come a re­al­ity to help girls with such an im­por­tant mat­ter.

“No one should suf­fer in this way, and hope­fully now no one will.”

All schools are work­ing with pupils

Sup­port­coun­cil­lor Ju­lia Marrs (right) and head of ed­u­ca­tion Lynn Sherry

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