Lincoln Soroptimists Tackling Period Poverty

Twenty eight women who are part of Lincoln and District Soroptimists are on a mission to end period poverty.

The Lincoln and District branch of the Soroptimists, an international women’s movement, has collected and donated sanitary products to YMCA Lincolnshire in a bid to make them more accessible to those in need.

The donations mean women and girls in the local area will have access to free sanitary products should they need them.

Jasmit Phull, from Lincoln and District Soroptimists said: “To know that girls are missing school in our city, due to period poverty is shocking and emotional and bring tears to my eyes. We decided it was important for us, as Soroptimists, to act and bring about awareness in our community of the importance of helping our girls and women.

“Soroptimists worldwide are working on this project too and we sincerely hope it brings a great impact in our society and the world as a whole.”

In total the Soroptimists donated over 700 sanitary products, including tampons and pantyliners.

Kate Saunders, from Lincoln and District Soroptimists, added: “It’s heart-breaking to think that women cannot access essential health products. We are women helping women – no one should go without sanitary products and we wanted to do something to help, so we decided to host a collection and donate to our local YMCA.”

The sanitary products will be available to residents at the Nomad shelter and YMCA hostel, as well as young people who attend activities at The Showroom.

Holly Eyre, from YMCA Lincolnshire, said: “On behalf of women who use our services we’d like to thank Lincoln and District Soroptimists.

“Period poverty is something that has been highlighted in recent months, and the large quantity of tampons, sanitary pads and pantyliners that the Soroptimists have donated means we can make the products freely accessible to those who use our services.”