Idea

Offer free sanitary products at the Guild

by Grace Edwards 27 October 2015, 08:59

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Women should not have to pay for their periods.

With 57% of students at the University of Liverpool being female, (http://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/liverpool) I would like the Guild to supply tampons, pads and pantyliners free to female students.  I understand that the Guild has removed the so called 'tampon tax' from their sanitary products sold in the Guild shop, but we need to go one step further. 

Around a year ago, it was voted at a Guild summit that the Guild should provide free condoms. I propose that sanitary products and condoms should be available in separate discreet yet visible boxes in an accessible place in the Guild, (Leeds SU have this) so that students might make the most use of this facility even outside of normal office hours. 

As everybody knows, menstruation is an aspect of ordinary life for any woman, and at any point in time, up to 1/4 of the female population might be on her period. Periods can arrive at any time - even when you have no money (which for students is a lot of the time). 

Women should not have to pay for their periods.

Many bars and cafes around Liverpool are beginning to offer free sanitary products in discreet boxes in their toilets (Moon and Pea, Lark Lane/Brewdog, Colquitt St) and it is about time the Guild did this too. This simple act of generosity shows female students that the Guild is on their side, that the Guild too believes that women should not have to pay for their periods, which is one of the most natural things on earth. In removing the 'tampon tax', the Guild has acknowledged that sanitary products are indeed not 'unneccessary items', (http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/theres-nothing-luxurious-about-my-periods-so-why-is-the-government-taxing-tampons-as-if-there-is-10045629.html) and so it is now time for the next step. Let's promote a compassionate, female-friendly Guild, and say FREE SANITARY PRODUCTS FOR ALL!

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    Sergio Silverio   wrote, 27-10-2015 - 23:46

    I think this is only sensible, bearing in mind they are happy to hand out free condoms at any opportunity, I'm not sure why this idea hasn't occured to them before now!

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    Charlotte Blake   wrote, 28-10-2015 - 08:01

    100% yes! However in order to be as inclusive as possible I think we should make sure they're available to *all* students - so as not to exclude any trans or genderfluid etc - Birmingham have just introduced this in their Guild by having the free sanitary items in all toilets - male, female and gender neutral - and I think that's the way forward

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    Emma Sims   wrote, 04-11-2015 - 10:57

    Hi Grace! When we removed the price off tax on sanitary products in the shop, we wrote a policy on it, including ideas on how else we could help. Supplying free sanitary products was one of these ideas- so will will make sure we do it!

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    Emma Sims   wrote, 04-11-2015 - 10:59

    The policy doc is here!! http://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/nusdigital/document/documents/18715/1678de92bf762f443a60d0d505306c5f/Covering%20the%20cost%20of%20tax%20on%20sanitary%20products.pdf

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    Emma Sims   wrote, 09-05-2016 - 13:55

    Hi again! This is a thing now, all the details here:http://www.liverpoolguild.org/articles/you-said-we-did-free-sanitary-products

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