Amika Ge­orge

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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.

PE­RIOD PI­O­NEER

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