Women give support to the foodbank
A Rutherglen political group are hoping to make things easier for women in poverty by donating tampons and pads to local foodbanks.
Women for Independence Rutherglen have started a crowdfunding appeal so they can buy female sanitary products to donate.
They have so far raised £300 of their £500 target.
The page was the brainchild of Janine Calikes, a member of the group and volunteer at the local foodbank.
She got the idea from similar campaigns on the east coast which raised funds for pads and tampons in every foodbank in Edinburgh.
WFI also want the UK Government to stop adding VAT to sanitary items and recognise them as ‘essential items’ in the same way as food, saving most women around £1 per period.
Katy Louden, a 35-year-old PhD student and researcher from Westburn in Cambuslang, is the groups spokesperson, and she said people were responding to their message.
She added: “Janine, in her experience volunteering, had come across this issue a few times.
“Women living in poverty may have to choose between pads or tampons and food or electricity.
“We believe that when women are going to foodbanks to feed themselves and their families, the least we can do is make sure that they receive these essential supplies for themselves.
“Poverty and a lack of access to sanitary protection keeps women and girls around the world away from education and economic independence. We are worried that there might be girls in Scotland not attending school because their parents haven’t been able to afford sanitary towels for them.
“For far too long, this natural part of women and girls’ lives has not been talked about or has been seen as a source of embarrassment.”
The group’s crowdfunding page can be found at www.indiegogo.com/ projects/sanitary-products-for-ru-glenc-lang-foodbanks/story and the group can be contacted at wfirutherglen@ gmail.com.
Donations Carolyn Ritchie, Janine Calikes and Katy Loudon