Rainbow Foundation, a registered charity in the North East of England, that has been supporting the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and trans (LGBT) community since 2016, has today announced the launch of their new project, aimed at tackling period poverty for lesbian and bisexual women in the region.
Period poverty affects millions of women and girls worldwide, who struggle to afford or access safe menstrual protection.
The economic, social and environmental impacts of period poverty are huge, with many of those affected missing out on education and job opportunities simply due to their periods.
The project offers menstrual products free of charge to those in need, and through their regional partnership work, the products are offered to businesses and venues that cater for lesbian and bisexual women, meaning products are available where needed.
Laura Wilmott, Director of Community Development for Rainbow Foundation, said: “At a time when 1 in 10 girls and women aged 14-21 have said they’ve been unable to afford sanitary products, there’s never been a more important time to provide this type of project within the region.
“Although the recent awareness of period poverty has resulted in products being more widely available within communities, there is still far too many people that struggle because of access to these products.”
Items can also be collected from the organisations office at the Pride Media Centre in Gateshead.
This service forms part of the organisations ‘Women’s Programme’ which supports women who identify as lesbian, bisexual, queer or questioning, all or or some of the time, and those in the trans community that require access to these products.
For more information, the team can be contacted via Info@rainbow-foundation.org.uk or through their social media channels.