A student is using her own money to provide sanitary products for her fellow UWE students.
Daisy Wakefield, 22, has provided packs of ‘simple sanitary pads’ throughout the bathrooms at Bower Ashton campus.
FREE SANITARY PRODUCTS FOR ALL!!!
After many emails saying “I’ll get back to you” or “I’m not sure” I’m tired of uwebristol not addressing the crisis that is period poverty in the UK.… https://t.co/WVuzzVUcxK
— D-DIZZLE (@daisy_wakefield) April 9, 2019
Frustrated by what she says is the university’s inaction on the issue, Wakefield has used her student loan to make 40 boxes of free tampons and pads.
Wakefield is reported to have spent over £100 of her own money in the production of the packs.
She said in a tweet, “
@UWEBristol when are you going to take period poverty seriously and start providing FREE sanitary products?”
The boxes also contain a message from her.
“One in 10 people in the UK cannot afford sanitary products. So here’s some tampons for the people out there who cannot afford the average ‘luxurious’ tampon,” she wrote.
A university spokesperson said: “Period poverty is a global issue and we’re pleased UWE Bristol students are passionately advocating for change.
“The university does not currently supply free sanitary products on campus, though we would be pleased to meet with students to understand if there is an emerging need for this.”