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The Rough Period  Supporting our sisters sleeping rough with safe and clean sanitary items! Sydney, Australia. πŸ’Œtheroughperiod@gmail.com


EPIC donation from Heather Wain. Thank you so much angel! πŸ˜‡ Such an incredibly generous donation with so much good stuff to put in care packages for our sisters sleeping rough in Sydney! #endperiodpoverty #theroughperiod πŸ’–πŸ’š

Love love love these bags for care packages @anjanewby!! Thank you so much for your ongoing love and support of @theroughperiod You're a legend! #endperiodpoverty #futureisfemale #theroughperiod πŸ’šπŸ’–

Lovely donation from @sky.padilla so much great stuff for care packages! Thank you so much! We can't do what we do without our supporters!! #theroughperiod πŸ’–πŸ’š

Regular Angel @thehoursbetween Charlotte sending in the goods!! Thank you so much for your on going love and support of @theroughperiod #theroughperiod #sisterhood πŸ’šπŸ’–

Thank you so much Laura!!! Such a fabulous donation, thank you so much for your generosity, care and attention to detail! Thank you for supporting us in helping our sisters sleeping rough in Sydney. #theroughperiod #endperiodpoverty πŸ’šπŸ’–

Thank you so much @emmelinepeterson you legend! Great donation from one of our regular angels! #theroughperiod πŸ’–πŸ’š

@lovesweatsyoga with the help of the #sweatforthegoodstuff community, were able to use Yoga to help change the lives of people who are experiencing social isolation across Australia. In June they supported @theroughperiod and raised $150!!! Thank you so so much for helping us to support our sisters sleeping rough in Sydney!! #theroughperiod πŸ’–πŸ’š

Wonderful checklist put together by our fabulous supporters includes all the items we collect to distribute to our sisters sleeping rough in Sydney. Our website also includes drop off locations and our mailing address. Thank you so much to our supporters for your generous donations, please keep the love flowing!! #theroughperiod πŸ’–πŸ’š

Thank you Caitlin & Alex!! Lovely cosy scarves and lots of awesome products for our ladies sleeping rough in Sydney. We love our supporters and appreciate your generosity as it is what allows us to to do the work that we do! Thank you! #endperiodpoverty #endperiodshame #womensrights #theroughperiod πŸ’šπŸ’–

Big thanks to all of our wonderful supporters, we couldn't do it without you ❀️️

In the last couple of years, countries from Canada to the UK have made headlines for abolishing the tampon tax. But for many low-income women – whether in Western metropolises or sub-Saharan Africa – savings of several cents do not tackle the real problem: these products can be unaffordable altogether.

Almost two-thirds of Kenyan women and girls cannot afford sanitary pads, and instead have to use homemade alternatives, from cloth to grass and feathers. These can be unhygienic and lead to serious infections. Desperate need for sanitary products has also forced some women and girls have to sex in exchange for them – a recent report said that two-thirds of women who use pads in Kenya get them through their sexual partners. In sub-Saharan Africa more generally, approximately one in 10 girls also misses schoolbecause of their period.

And the problem is not restricted to the developing world. Food banks from New York to Newcastle (as dramatised in Ken Loach’s I Daniel Blake) have long been desperate for supplies for their cities’ poorest women. For one in 10 British people, the cost of sanitary products almost equates to their entire discretionary income after bills and necessities are paid. Earlier this year, two Leeds teenagers told the BBC how their inability to afford sanitary protection had made them miss school. One of the girls said: β€œI wrapped a sock around my underwear just to stop the bleeding, because I didn’t want to get shouted at…” Women in New York spend around $10 a month on sanitary products, while in the UK the figure is approximately $17 each month. While this may not sound like a lot, for many – including but not limited to the hundreds of thousands of homeless women in these places – such extra expenditure can be crippling. One study has shown that approximately one in 10 Brits has only $13 or less left to spend or save each month after covering all bills and necessities, and a quarter have less than $65 a month.

Cute postal donation!! Thank you so much! #theroughperiod πŸ’–πŸ’š

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