Limerick student aims to end ‘period poverty’ with new project ‘Anytime of the Month’

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Limerick student aims to end ‘period poverty’ with new project ‘Anytime of the Month’

Clodagh Guerin's 'Anytime of the month' project will help provide tampons and pads to people who cannot afford them

A UNIVERSITY of Limerick student is fighting ‘period poverty’ with a new initiative aiming to improve access to sanitary products for those in need.

‘Anytime of the Month’, a new project by Clodagh Guerin, a second year UL student, will help provide tampons and pads to people who cannot afford them.

A member of the UL Feminist Society, the accessibility and affordability of sanitary products regularly crops up as an issue discussed by the group’s members, Ms Guerin told the Limerick Leader. 

“I did a bit of research into period poverty and apparently, this has been proven, the average person spends €20,000 on their period,” Ms Guerin said. 

“That’s between doctor’s visits, replacement underwear, painkillers and sanitary products on top of that.” 

“By that logic, you are saddling half the world with a bill for €20,000 during their lifetime, which is totally unfair, and it is not subsidised.” 

“On the back of that, I did a lot of research into what period poverty is. It's a lot more closer to home than we think.” 

“If you are in Tescos on a Wednesday evening and you don’t get paid until a Thursday morning, and you have five euro in your bank account and you have to choose between getting your dinner or getting a packet of pads, that is period poverty. It can happen to anyone.”

Those interested in taking part in the initiative are asked to display the ‘Anytime of the Month’ sticker to let people know you are happy to be approached by people in need of sanitary products. 

Ambassadors can wear their sticker or display it in a prominent location, Ms Guerin explained. “The aim was to make it universal and discreet as possible. I have the sticker on my bag, on my laptop cover and one on my office door.” 

“It works on a donation basis - there are drop off points around UL and people can give donations to the cause.” People who do not want to wear the logo can also donate to the project, she added. 

Ms Guerin can also provide ambassadors with sanitary products if they wish, she added.  Those who are interested in taking part can email anytimeofthemonth@gmail.com.