Glasgow pupils take part in the launch of a public consultation on vintage dignity
Glasgow City Council held a virtual event today (January 12) to launch its public consultation on the future rollout of free menstrual products across the city. The event was broadcast from St Paul’s High School, where students have been extremely active in supporting work to reduce period stigma and have played a crucial role in shaping local and nationwide policy. of the city on free period products.
The launch event featured a variety of key speakers who have supported period dignity work both nationally and locally, including Shona Robison MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Housing and Local Government , Maureen McKenna, the former executive director of education for Glasgow City Council, Georgie Nicholson and Daisy Williams of Hey Girls, a Scottish supplier of vintage goods for a social enterprise, and pupils from St Paul’s High School in Glasgow .
The Scottish Menstrual Products (Free Provision) Act 2021 places the responsibility on local authorities and education providers across the country to make menstrual products accessible and free to anyone who needs them. The law will come into full force by January 2023 and will ensure that anyone in Scotland who is menstruating can have reasonably convenient access to menstrual products when needed.
Local authorities are required to consult citizens who need access to period products. Glasgow will consult with its pupils, the public and partner organisations/third sector organizations as part of this process and was one of the first local authorities to pilot free products in schools a few years ago.
The event also marked the national launch of the ‘PickupMyPeriod’ app which allows users to identify locations across Scotland where free menstrual products will be available. The event included a live demonstration of how to use the new app, developed by Hey Girls and funded by the Scottish Government through their ‘My Period’ education arm. Hey Girls products are all sustainably sourced, reusable and plastic free.
Glasgow Schools have been providing free period goods to pupils since 2017. This was launched as a pilot in four secondary schools – Castlemilk High, Hillpark Secondary, St Paul’s High and Smithycroft Secondary – and has now been extended to all 30 secondary schools in the city. To facilitate the roll-out, the council partnered with Hey Girls who provided additional educational materials, including booklets and posters, to help break the stigma and taboo around periods/menstruation.
As well as providing free period products to schools, the council also continued its working partnership with Simon Community Scotland to increase period welcome points across the city, extending to more venues council and community. Each point offers a range of Hey Girls Period products, new underwear and wipes, where people can help themselves to what they need without having to ask.
Councilor Jennifer Layden, City Coordinator for Community Empowerment, Equalities and Human Rights, said: “Menstrual products are a right, not a luxury. Monthly expenses for menstrual products are simply not affordable or sustainable for many people across the country.
“Ensuring fairness and restoring dignity to the rules is at the heart of this consultation. This is facilitated by the introduction of the new PickupMyPeriod app which provides essential information to users on where they can access products free periodicals from Glasgow.
“I am hugely impressed with the students at St Paul’s High School for their dedication and determination to fight the stigma associated with periods.
“This consultation provides a platform for all citizens to have a say in shaping the future supply of free period products.”
Social Justice Secretary Shona Robison said: “The app is a fantastic tool that will help anyone who needs access to free menstrual products find them easily in places across Scotland.
“I am grateful for the support of Glasgow City Council in implementing access to free menstrual products in their schools and communities. Young people who need access to menstrual products have also played a crucial role in the developing ways to access products to meet their needs, and I am grateful to them for sharing their insights.”
Please click on the following links to access the relevant period dignity consultation:
The Consultation closes on February 2, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.
The PickupMyPeriod app can be downloaded for free on mobile devices here: