The Daily Telegraph

Period dignity role axed in furore after job went to a man


A PERIOD dignity officer role has been scrapped by a group that claimed it had faced “threats and abuse” after Snp-run councils in Scotland handed the sensitive job to a man.

The appointmen­t of Jason Grant as period dignity regional lead officer in Tayside created controvers­y worldwide and fierce opposition from people who said a woman should get the job.

He was hired last month by Tayside’s period dignity working group, on a salary of more than £33,000 per year, to promote access to free sanitary products in schools and colleges, where he would also have discussed issues around the menopause.

The role will now be axed after criticism led by Martina Navratilov­a, the former world tennis No1, who branded the appointmen­t as “ridiculous”, and even Ian Blackford, the SNP’S Westminste­r leader.

“Given threats and abuse levelled at individual­s, the … role will not continue,” the group said. “Support will be provided to [anyone] subjected to attacks. Their safety is paramount.”

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