Bright Futures, a charity that works with girls and women ages 4 to 25 to provide them with a better future, has been working on a new period project.
The association is currently running its Girls Standing Up campaign, a project that aims to empower young women and tackle violence against women and girls and issues affecting women. As part of the project, teenage girls from South Tyneside worked with the charity on the issues they face with rules.
The girls who called themselves “Fearless Female Ambassadors” wanted to improve the experience of girls having their period in school. Many girls have found that they are denied access to the toilet during school hours, which is distressing for them, especially during their period. They found it embarrassing to explain to teachers, especially men, why they needed to use the bathroom.
The girls came up with the idea of making “period passes” that they would show their teacher and give them access to the bathroom without asking questions. They also developed the idea of alternately using a code word system with their teachers.
Following this, the girls wrote a letter describing their experiences that they believe many girls will relate to and presenting their ideas about the “period pass” and the code word system.
Hannah Woodward, an apprentice apprentice at Bright Futures who has worked with the girls, said: “The girls have been so passionate and worked so hard on this project and we are all so proud to see the work they have done.”
“The letter the girls wrote is so professional and articulate, which is fantastic to see considering their age. They took the lead on this project themselves.”
The Bright Futures team were blown away by the girls’ determination and commitment to the project.
The letter has now been sent to high schools in South Tyneside where they hope the idea will be implemented. It is hoped that the idea will spread further, which will make it easier for girls to manage their periods at school.
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