Ever heard of period poverty? We hadn’t either. When Amika George, 18, discovered that many girls in the UK couldn’t afford sanitary products, she decided to do something. So she launched the #FreePeriods campaign. Every month, some girls are forced to use everything from socks to toilet paper and torn up T-shirts to catch their period. Amika started a petition calling on the government to provide free sanitary items to girls from low-income families. She organised a peaceful protest attended by
2000 people, including models Suki Waterhouse, Daisy Lowe and beauty YouTuber Tanya Burr. Thanks to Amika’s efforts, the UK government said they’d put aside $2.6 million to address period poverty.