Daisy Wakefield

In a previous post, we wrote about Daisy Wakefield, the UWE student who used £100 to provide boxes of free tampons to fellow students who could not afford protection. It seems astonishing that in 2019, this is still something that needs to happen.

On Monday 29th April, Daisy will be meeting with her university to advocate for free sanitary production provisions. We are thrilled to be able to share the below statement from this unstoppable woman!


I became passionate about ending period nearly 4 years ago when I was introduced to the pink tax. I believe period poverty is a feminist issue because not enough people are talking about periods let alone period poverty. Therefore, it leaves a lot of people feeling ashamed of their cycle but then further ashamed that they can’t even afford the necessary products. 1 in 10 people who menstruate in the UK can’t afford sanitary products so this isn’t something that is just affecting a small fraction of people. You most likely know someone who is suffering from period poverty, which is why I felt I needed to do something.


I want the University to firstly organise a meeting asap to really hear what I have to say. I’ve been receiving a lot of emails and messages from them suggesting I jump through certain hoops that I have in fact been doing through my 3 years at UWE. Additionally, I want them to take this seriously. Universities provide FREE mental health support which they have invested money in. Why? Because people need that support. It’s the EXACT same with period poverty. UWE and all Universities need to stop turning to charities and volunteers such as the Women’s Forum to provide support and actually invest money to finally put an end to period poverty. 


My message is ultimately to destigmatize period poverty and menstruation as a whole. As a society, we have been told to be quiet about our periods. So it’s no wonder people feel they can’t speak up about suffering from period poverty when so many can’t even talk about their period.


Additionally, one representative from UWE on the phone to ITV allegedly said “I’m not even sure if other universities supply free sanitary products”, which makes me extremely concerned that they have done minimal research on something that is affecting so many of their students.

Additionally, I want them to take this seriously. Universities provide FREE mental health support which they have invested money in. Why? Because people need that support. It’s the EXACT same with period poverty. UWE and all Universities need to stop turning to charities and volunteers such as the Women’s Forum to provide support and actually invest money to finally put an end to period poverty. 


Anyone who would like to support Daisy can throw her some love over on Instagram, or better still, write, email, or send carrier-pigeons to UWE (or your own university) to let them know how vital this issue is.

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