In our latest film series, we meet organisers that are pivoting during the pandemic and finding novel ways to take action.
From raves for the deaf to Black ballet dancers and ‘outcast’ amateur wrestlers, now more than ever, communities are coming together online to keep their real-life connections alive. In our latest film series, we meet organisers that are pivoting during the pandemic and finding novel ways to take action.
In the UK, one in four girls or women have at some point been unable to afford period products. But compared to how astoundingly widespread the problem is, period poverty is an issue scarcely talked about, in part owed to the taboo that still surrounds menstruation. Bloody Good Period, an organisation founded in 2016, has been fighting to normalise conversations around periods, and to remind people that sanitary products aren’t a luxury – they’re a necessity.
The organisation are currently partnered with 50 drop-in centres for asylum seekers and refugees around the country, getting period products to over 1500 people every month. Huck first met Bloody Good Period in 2018, for Beyond The Screen – a video series following six grassroots communities led by people organising online and affecting real-world change.
In the 2018 video, the organisation’s founder, Gabby Edlin, explained how their team of volunteers process, count and pack thousands of orders for period products. But two years on, in the midst of a pandemic, Bloody Good Period were forced to send their volunteers home.
“That was a really heartbreaking moment,” Edlin remembers. “What feels like the lifeblood of Bloody Good Period had to be closed down to keep people safe.”
What’s more, COVID-19 has exacerbated period poverty globally, with financial devastation leaving many struggling to afford products and schools and community centres that distribute forced to shut. Women are increasingly turning to pillowcases and tea towels as a substitute for sanitary products, it’s been reported. “It’s stark how many people can’t access products,” says Edlin of the recent surge in demand.
With their services made all the more vital, Bloody Good Period was forced to swiftly rethink its business model. Thankfully, an outpouring of support has made it possible for the charity to adapt, and to maintain what Edlin describes as their “efficient, fast-moving system.”
To find out how they’ve managed to sustain their organisation through tumultuous times, watch our second episode of Beyond The Screen In Lockdown above.