Manchester City Council

Val Campaign launches package in libraries to combat city-wide period poverty on International Women’s Day

The Package for Val initiative has been introduced in 18 community libraries across Manchester to tackle the issue of limited access to menstrual products for girls and women, exacerbated by the rising cost of living crisis.

A recent survey by Plan International revealed that 1 in 7 girls struggle to afford period products, with 1 in 10 unable to access sanitary protection regularly.

Initially trialled at Manchester Central Library, the Package for Val campaign has now expanded to libraries in Newton Heath, Gorton, and Withington, providing much-needed support to those affected by period poverty.

Funded by Manchester City Council’s Department of Public Health, the campaign follows the lead of major supermarkets and chemists in offering free menstrual products to those in need.

Each package includes 2 sanitary towels discreetly packaged in a paper bag, available to anyone who requests a Package for Val at the library counter. Awareness posters are displayed in public toilets to inform those in need of the scheme.

The Package for Val campaign will kick off on International Women’s Day (8th March), with Councillor Adele Douglas highlighting the importance of addressing period poverty and promoting open conversations about this crucial issue.

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