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Demand Period Dignity


What is Period Dignity?

Unite is demanding that women and girls have period dignity. By making changes in our workplaces, our places of education, and in society, women and girls will be able to have a positive period knowing that they are able to access sanitary products.

Period Dignity LogoHaving a period is a natural process that should not be a source of awkwardness for anyone. 

"That time of the month" can be inconvenient and embarrassing for women and girls. It shouldn't be. For too long, women and men have shied aware from talking about periods. 

Unite believes that, by changing perceptions, we can tackle some of the wider issues around periods.


What we want to achieve

1.    Employers to provide sanitary products in their workplaces

2.    Places of education to provide sanitary products

3.    VAT to be removed from all sanitary products

4.    Eradicate Period Poverty

5.    A change in attitudes towards periods


What can you do to help?


In your workplace...

1.    Ask your employer to provide sanitary products in their toilets for staff and visitors to use

2.    Display Period Dignity posters where you work

3.    Display posters highlighting our campaign to remove VAT

4.    Ask colleagues to sign our petition calling for the removal of VAT


In your place of education...

1.    Write to the Chair of Governors or Headteachers of local schools to engage them with the campaign. A template letter can be found in the resources section on this page

2.    Contact local Councillors asking them to submit a motions to a Council meeting. A template letter and motion can be found in the resources section on this page. If you don't know who your Councillor is, you can find out here


.In your home...

1.    Write to your local MP asking them to support the campaign to remove VAT from sanitary products. Ask your friends and family to do the same. A template letter can be found in the resources section on this page. If you don't know who your MP is, you can find out here.

2.    Ask your friends and family to sign out petition calling for the removal of VAT on sanitary products. Petition sheets can be found in the resources section on this page. Completed petitions should be returned to Ryan Case, Unite the union, 2nd Floor, Riverside House, 7 Canal Wharf, Leeds, LS11 5AS.


What resources are available?

There are posters, leaflets, petition sheets and template letters in the resources section on this page. If you have any specific print requests, please email neyhprint@unitetheunion.org


.Want more information?

If you would like more information about our Period Dignity campaign, contact suzanne.reid@unitetheunion.org