Lidl Ireland becomes first major retailer to offer free period products
April 20, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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Lidl Ireland will offer free menstrual products to women and girls as part of a new initiative targeting period poverty.
(CNN Business)Lidl Ireland will offer free menstrual products to women and girls as part of a new initiative targeting period poverty.
The grocery giant said in a statement Monday that it's the world's first major retailer to offer such an initiative, which is aimed at tackling period poverty, where girls or women are unable to afford menstrual products.
A spokesperson for Lidl Ireland said that the initiative is limited to its 168 stores in the Republic of Ireland.
The grocery company said it will also make quarterly donations of menstrual products to homelessness charity The Simon Communities to ensure people experiencing homelessness, and who may not have access to a smartphone, can access them.
"Since learning more about the growing issue of period poverty in Ireland, we've passionately felt that as a family retailer it's in our communities' best interest to support young girls and women who are affected by this issue," Aoife Clarke, head of communications for Lidl Ireland, said in a statement.
As many as 85,000 women and girls may be at risk of period poverty in Ireland, according to a report published in February by Ireland's Department of Health and the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, with those experiencing homelessness or addiction particularly at risk.
Last year, Scotland became the first country to allow free and universal access to menstrual products, including tampons and pads, in public facilities.