Pad Drive

Radar met with the Vice-President of the Gender Equality/Feminism Society to talk about their upcoming Pad Drive held on Union Way on Monday the 19th February.

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On Monday the 19th February the Gender Equality/Feminism (GEF) are holding a Pad Drive on Union Way between 10am and 4pm.

They will be collecting pads, tampons, feminine hygiene wipes and money donations for Aberdeen Cyrenians.

Vice-President of GEF, Gillian Barron, explained that period poverty is an issue in Aberdeen.

It is not just the people living on the streets of Aberdeen who have no access to sanitary products. People with low-incomes are continually cutting-costs and despite supermarkets having their own cheaper brands of sanitary products, it's still a few pounds each month some people can't afford.

Foodbanks in Aberdeen are oversubscribed and, according to the Trussel Trust, 13 million people live below the poverty line in the UK.

When asked what motivated her to become so involved in the Pad Drive Gillian replied: "It sounds bizarre but I saw a Buzzfeed video highlighting period poverty. The Ladylike team free-bled for a day and the effect it had on them was obvious.

"The paranoia I feel when I stand up and have the fear that I leaked or something... I just can't imagine dealing with that every month."

If the Pad Drive on Monday is a success Gillian has said that she would be keen to continue it and make it a regular feature on campus.

Please make a donation, no matter how big or small, whether it's a sanitary product or a monetary donation, it will be greatly appreciated. 

Listen to a couple of GEF members talk about the Pad Drive on RGU WTF: https://www.mixcloud.com/rguradio/rgu-wtf-what-the-feminism-150218/ 

Find out more about Aberdeen Cyrenians here: http://aberdeen-cyrenians.com

Watch the Buzzfeed video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpA_xkUG2yM&feature=youtu.be

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