The Red Box Project Monaco
How did it all begin?
The Red Box Project is a community-based, not-for-profit initiative, which aims to support young people throughout their periods by providing red boxes filled with free period products to local schools. The Story The Red Box Project was founded in March 2017 by three friends who wanted to give young people in their local area access to menstrual products. After reading about ‘Period Poverty‘ in the news, they were angered at the idea that young people were missing out on their education because they couldn’t afford the products they needed during their period. They decided to take action and contacted several secondary schools in Portsmouth to ask if a constantly stocked box of menstrual products would be welcomed.
After two and a half years of providing free period products to schools across the country, and following a legal campaign launched with Free Periods, we are delighted to say that the Government has at last taken action to tackle the issue of period poverty experienced by children in England.
The Department for Education has committed to funding the supply of free period products to all schools (primary and secondary) and colleges from early next year, distributed via the phs Group. Detailed guidance on the scheme for schools is expected in early December, with full roll-out in January 2020.
Some of the facts
In some countries women and young girls who menstruate are ostracised from basic activities, like eating certain foods or socialising. (Global Citizen)
Cultural shame attached to menstruation and a shortage of resources stop women/girls/menstruating individuals from going to school and working every day. (Global Citizen)
In in the UK, 1/10 girls (1/7 in London) cannot afford period products. (Plan International UK)
1 school in Monaco provides free period products for their students: The International School of Monaco. (SheCanHeCan, as of January 2020).
Where can I learn more?
@free periods @bloodygoodperiod @myfreda
How are we tackling period inequality/poverty in Monaco?
EDUCATION LISTENING ACTION
SheCanHeCan Student Ambassadors from the International School of Monaco
The Red Box Project Monaco is run and only made possible through our collaboration with the International School of Monaco and the fantastic work of our Student Ambassadors. Together we are educating students at the school and the Monaco community about the issue of period poverty/inequality, fining ways to listen to the questions and concerns of individuals who may be experiencing period poverty and inequality and, through fundraising providing free period products in all the girls toilets at the school with a vision to also donate boxes of period products to other schools, women's refuge centres in Monaco and to the refugees in Ventimiglia.
Our vision is to create a country free from period inequality and to use our position to help eliminate period poverty and inequality in the neighbouring communities and countries (France and Italy).
To find out more or to make a donation to this project please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org