Period Poverty : Breaking The Silence | Amika George | TEDxCoventGardenWomen

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In this highly pointed yet entertaining talk, Amika George challenges us to think about how vocal we are about the normality of our period and requests a call to arms to rid period poverty from our schools and our history.
Amika is a 17 year old A-Level student from London, who has started a campaign called #FreePeriods, to lobby the government to provide free sanitary products to all girls on free school meals in the UK. She was driven to take action after hearing about girls as young as 10 having to routinely miss school, for a week every month, simply because they can't afford sanitary products. This shouldn't be happening. Since then, she has been featured in publications including the Guardian, has written for the Huffington Post. She is working with 2 Peers in the House of Lords to work out how to implement this as government policy, and has attracted the support of MPs and celebrities. She has also convinced the Green Party and Womens' Equality Party to include this as part of their 2017 General Election Manifestos. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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