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South Dublin County Council to provide free sanitary products to tackle period poverty
Products to be available in County Hall, Tallaght and Civic Centre, Clondalkin.
South Dublin County Council launched a new initiative on Friday, 8 March, that will provide free sanitary products in public toilets at Council offices.
This is in response to a campaign by the Homeless Period Ireland organisation to combat ‘Period Poverty’ that works to support girls and women who require sanitary products but are unable to afford them. The pilot initiative was launched in County Hall, Tallaght on International Women’s Day by the Mayor of South Dublin County Council, Cllr Mark Ward.
Period poverty is when a person struggles or is unable to access sanitary products due to financial constraints. Not having the money for sanitary items can force people to use makeshift and inadequate protection. In Ireland, 50% of girls aged 12-19 responded to say they have experienced issues in paying for sanitary products, according to Plan International.
Mayor Ward said “Providing free sanitary products helps to restore dignity to women. It also helps to break down the stigma around periods. The provision of sanitary products in public buildings is a recognition that the products are a necessity and not a luxury. I am delighted that South Dublin County Council are teaming up with Homeless Period Ireland to supply free sanitary products in County Hall Tallaght and the Clondalkin Civic Offices. This is a project I have worked on for some time and I am thrilled to able to launch it on International Women’s Day”
Claire Hunt who runs Homeless Period Ireland said "Periods happen every month and unless you are experiencing it, it’s not at the forefront of people’s minds”
“The aim of Homeless Period Ireland is to donate feminine hygiene products, such as pads, tampons, liners and wipes, to those who otherwise would go without. The donations are brought by volunteer drivers to Homeless Outreach Centres, Direct Provision Centres and Women’s Refuges. The HPI is an initiative, not a charity and is 100% reliant on volunteers for distribution and collection of sanitary products.”
Female sanitary products will be available in the publically accessible toilets in both County Hall, Tallaght and Clondalkin Civic Offices from Friday 8 March 2019. Items can be taken free of charge when needed.
IMAGE 1: Lynn Boylan, MEP speaking at the launch in South Dublin County Council
IMAGE 2: Claire Hunt, Homeless Period Ireland, Mayor Mark Ward and Lynn Boylan MEP
An audio version of the Mayor’s quote is available at this link: https://soundcloud.com/comms-sdcc/combat-poverty-period-quote-from-mayor-of-south-dublin-county-council/s-Risa3
For further information, contact South Dublin County Council’s Communications Unit at (01) 414 9000 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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About Homeless Period Ireland
In December 2016 the Homeless Period Dublin initiative was born with a view to helping women and girls who found themselves unable to access to basic sanitation and female hygiene products every month. In 2017 Claire Hunt took over the general management of the Homeless Period Dublin initiative. A social media campaign was launched to highlight this issue; through this campaign it became apparent that this was a national issue. Emanating from this campaign, a decision was made to rebrand the initiative to Homeless Period Ireland (HPI). This rebranding would help create awareness nationally and more importantly, increase the number of drop off points (places were the general public donate female sanitary and hygiene products) and more importantly, increase reach nationally to front line services who have direct access to the women in need.
The core objectives of the Homeless Period Ireland include:
breaking the stigma surrounding menstruation
educating people on the basic hygiene needs of women
educating people that periods are a monthly expense
encouraging people to purchase sanitary products and gift them through various pre-arranged donation points
ensuring that every woman in Ireland has access to sanitary products.
About South Dublin County Council
South Dublin County Council is one of four local authority areas in the Dublin region.
The Council provides and funds a broad range of services including housing, roads, walking and cycling routes, parks and playgrounds, libraries, sports facilities, litter control, arts centres, enterprise units, fire services, community infrastructure and financial support. It also serves as a platform for local democracy with 40 councillors spread across six electoral areas.
Bounded by the River Liffey to the North and the Dublin Mountains to the South, the County lies 16 kilometres south-west of Dublin city centre and has an administrative footprint of 223sq. kilometres. The County has nine main villages Clondalkin, Lucan, Palmerstown, Rathfarnham, Tallaght, Templeogue, Saggart, Rathcoole and Newcastle and is bounded by adjoining counties of Wicklow, Kildare, Dublin City, Fingal and Dún Laoghaire.