Tackling Period Stigma
Key focus has been placed on the promotion of period dignity with emphasis placed on the role schools can play in both their policies and day to day practices.
The Real Period Project and City to Sea have together developed an education package, which will be offered to all schools in Bristol as an additional element to the national roll-out of Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) Education as a school curriculum subject in 2020, and the UK government’s provision of period products within schools. The education programme addresses various aspects of period dignity and menstrual health, as well as educating around the environmental sustainability of products. A Period Friendly Schools charter has been developed, with training, guidance and lesson plans to be provided. These resources will be adapted for special schools, and are aimed at young people of all genders.
To ensure young people’s voices were at the education programme, a video was created by Bristol based production company Plimsoll Productions, which featured Youth Councillors discussing their experiences and views on period stigma. This video was shared on social media to encourage young people to fill out a survey, the results of which were incorporated into the education package.
The Period Friendly Places approach has gained an incredible amount of national and international attention and support. Work will continue in 2020 to improve and expand on the donation and distribution network and web app, and to incorporate this work into Bristol’s delivery around the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of the Bristol One City Approach.