Period poverty—the inability to afford or access menstrual supplies—isn’t just a women’s issue, according to London teen and activist Amika George. It’s a human rights and education issue, and it’s one that the U.K. government has a legal obligation to address. George’s new campaign, launched this week, aims to make it so they do just that. Just over a year ago, George helped lead two thousand protesters in a rally in front of the prime minister’s residence. Their grievance: the lack of free period products in schools leads to as many as one in ten girls skipping school regularly in the U.K., according to Plan International UK.
Her accompanying petition garnered nearly 200,000 signatures, but George is just getting started.
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