There's a 'bloody brunch' happening in London to help end period poverty
Bloody class idea, in fairness.
Period poverty is a very real thing.
So is the tampon tax, avoidable embarrassment, and the hundreds of girls who miss school every year because of their periods.
Although a lot of us may take for granted our abilities to be able to afford menstrual products month-on-month, pads and tampons are expensive and not everybody has access to the luxury that really isn't that luxurious at all.
It's a necessity.
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A quarter of women and girls who have experienced period poverty miss school or work due to inadequate menstrual protection. Stats don’t lie, this is a real issue in the UK and YOU can help 👏 Help us and @heygirlsuk put an end to #periodpoverty by hosting your own #BloodyBigBrunch this Sunday. Invite your pals over, serve them Bloody Marys and they pay in period products via @heygirlsuk. Simple 💪💓
And while we've got a fair few initiatives over here in Ireland to help combat period poverty, one thing we don't have (yet) is a Bloody Big Brunch - and we should, because it sounds unreal.
Organised by a load of sound people who want to make sanitary products available for all women, the brunch will include lots of period-esque treats like Bloody Mary cocktails and red velvet pancakes stacked with tampon macaroons.
But you don't pay for the Bloody Marys with money, you pay with sanitary products.
This March 3, anyone who wants to host a Bloody Brunch will be hosting a Bloody Bruch as the group try to break down the stigma associated with periods and raise some much needed awareness of period poverty.
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LONDONERS 💃 @thebookclubec2 will be hosting a spotlight #BloodyBigBrunch on 3rd March. Serving stacks of Red Velvet 'period pancakes' garnished with tampon macarons from @ohlalaltd Bakery, with 15% profit from each dish donated to the #freeperiods campaign. No tickets req! 🌈💖 #periodpoverty #brunch #bookclub #periods
According to their website, the average person will spend approximately £4,800, or €5,620, on pads and tampons over the course of their lives.
However, those who can't afford these products often resort to using rags and tissue paper as replacements each month.
Big Bloody Brunch is urging people to see sanitary products as a necessity, and asking the UK government to take a leaf out of Scotland's book and provide free period products to all women in schools, colleges, and universities.
Should we something we should be looking into as well, tbh.
You can find out more about the Big Bloody Brunch over on their website here.
For the month of February, Her will be #OnTheRag.
We'll be chatting all things periods, products, and pain as we delve deep inside the uterus to figure out why we bleed and - more importantly - how we cope.
We'll also be talking to the experts about some of the period related conditions you have heard of - and all of the ones that you haven't.
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