Renfrewshire Council

STAR Project Period Ninjas with Councillor Michelle Campbell and Sharon McAulay

Community group support young women affected by period poverty

STAR project team become 'Period Ninjas' and give out free sanitary products in the streets.

The team at the STAR Project are giving out free 'buddy bags' filled with pads and tampons to young women aged 14 to 21 who may struggle to buy sanitary products.

The fun yet serious community initiative is being held during Challenge Poverty Week (Monday 1 - Sunday 7 October) to highlight the reality of period poverty.

The contents have been donated by local people including staff in Renfrewshire Council to help the 'Period Ninjas' give out the free bags during Challenge Poverty Week.

Here's the facts around period poverty.

  • One in ten girls have been unable to buy pads and tampons
  • One in seven girls have struggled to find the money to buy pads and tampons
  • One in seven girls have had to ask to borrow a pad or tampons from a friend because they couldn't afford to buy them
  • More than one in ten girls have improvised a pad or tampon because they couldn't afford to buy them
  • One in five girls have bought pads or tampons that weren't suitable for them because they cost less to buy 

STAR Project's Sharon McAulay, who helped bring the 'Period Ninjas' activity to life, said: "Period poverty shouldn't even be a thing! We shouldn't want our daughters to experience this.

"Our #NoNeedToAsk campaign is about reducing the stigma of period poverty. Asking women and girls to request products when they need them is tantamount to shaming them. We provide freely available sanitary products in our toilet areas for any women or girl to access and we ask our partners to consider doing the same.

"Sanitary products should be freely available to all women and girls and we are delighted there has been headway made in schools through the Scottish Government, we still feel there should be no need to ask."

The STAR project's Period Ninjas were supported by funding from ScotMid.

If you want to help more young people in the local area, you can drop off individually wrapped pads and tampons to the STAR Project at 12-14 Wallace Street, Paisley, PA3 2BU.

Published: Tuesday 2 October 2018

Pictured: STAR project team with Councillor Michelle Campbell