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Hey Girls partnering with Glastonbury and WaterAid

Our social enterprise member Hey Girls is partnering with WaterAid and Glastonbury Festival to raise awareness of period dignity at this year’s event.

The collaboration will see free Hey Girls period products being made available at ‘period-proud stations’ around Worthy Farm, as well as educating festival-goers about ending period poverty. WaterAid will also provide new private spaces with sinks, warm water and soap to clean reusable period products.

Glastonbury’s sanitation manager Jane Healy explained: “Around 17,000 people will have their period at the Festival, but that shouldn’t hold anyone back from having a great week. We hope the new period-proud spaces and the free period products on offer will help people manage their period with dignity and let them continue to have a bloody good time.”

Hey Girls co-founder and director Kate Smith said: “We are so excited to be working with Glastonbury Festival and WaterAid to help put a stop to period worries and stigma while at the event. Not only will the spaces and sustainable products support those at the event itself, but the partnership will also support people experiencing period poverty around the UK through our ‘buy one give one’ scheme. We believe access to period products and education is a human right, not a privilege – and we are aiming to bring an end to period poverty in the UK through conversation, collaboration and a lot of hard work.”

Jennie York from WaterAid added: “Globally, more than 500 million people don’t have the resources they need to manage their period. This doesn’t only impact their dignity, it can have far-reaching impacts throughout their lives, missing out on vital opportunities like going to school and earning a living. WaterAid is calling on governments to ensure access to period-friendly toilets and clean water, along with menstrual health information and support to manage periods hygienically and with dignity.”