There’s lots of exciting things happening in football right now - but let’s take some time to remember that there are still a number of pressing issues. Period poverty is very much a widespread issue, not just in football or sport in general. However, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t start tackling the problem of period poverty in our own personal, social and sporting communities. Meet Erin Slaven, Mikaela McKinley and Orlaith Duffy.
A trio of passionate Celtic fans who love their politics as much as they love their football. They also happen to be the owners of ovaries and havers of periods. Shock. Horror. We had a chat with Erin to find out more about their movement and hopefully inspire some more football fans up and down the UK.
What made you set up the petition for free sanitary products?
We love our team and are also passionate about politics, so we thought it’d be a good idea to direct the current political discourse around period poverty into football grounds - starting with our own wee team!
Off the back of the repeal of the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act in Scotland, we felt really politically energised - it felt like the right time to start movements towards free sanitary products after seeing how normal working-class football fans organising really can make a difference.
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