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Libraries backing period poverty campaign

Council libraries and other public buildings in Swansea are getting ready to support a new group that is tackling period poverty.

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Swansea Takes On Period Poverty (STOPP) is setting up a network of collection points where women and girls who are unable to afford or access menstrual products can get hold of them for free.

The collection points, which will start on June 1, will also be hosting "Donation Stations" where people will be able to donate products and support the work of STOPP.

Volunteers will redistribute the donated products to various venues and groups that need them such as Swansea Women's Aid and the foodbanks in Swansea.

Cllr Louise Gibbard, Swansea Council's Champion for Women, said: "There have been a lot of stories in the media recently about period poverty where women and girls cannot access menstrual products due to financial, cultural or other constraints.

"National figures suggest it affects one in four women and girls at some point in their lives and although we don't have figures for Swansea it would just be silly if we thought it was not an issue here. Plus it's also about dignity, anyone can get caught out. Free period products should be the norm.

"I am very pleased that our libraries, along with other city venues including the Glynn Vivian Gallery, Dylan Thomas Centre and Swansea Museum, will have free products available in their toilets. Soon many community centres will be joining in too.

"Our libraries will also be taking public donations and would welcome support as this is something that causes embarrassment and isolation."

Products that are needed are pads, tampons and liners of all shapes and sizes, please.

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