Girls from low-income families skipping school during periods because they can't afford sanitary products

British girls from low-income families are missing school during their periods because they cannot afford sanitary protection – prompting charities working with women and girls abroad to move their projects closer to home.

A funding appeal has been launched for UK-wide research into the issue after a police officer working at a school in Leeds discovered a large number of female pupils were truanting because they were unable to buy products during their menstrual cycle — said to cost in the region of £20,000 over a woman’s lifetime.

Sara Barrie, safer schools officer for West Yorkshire Police, told The Independent she established that

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