Goalkeepers Campaign Award: Amika George #FreePeriods
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Goalkeepers Campaign Award: Amika George #FreePeriods

Amika George is the 18-year-old student founder of #FreePeriods, a campaign that aims to make sure that no girl in the UK is suffering from period poverty. It calls on the government to provide free menstrual products to all children on free school meals. Amika George (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amika_George) Amika George is a British activist who campaigns against period poverty in the United Kingdom. George was raised in United Kingdom. George was inspired to take action after reading an article describing how many poor British women missed school due to stigma around menstruation and/or being unable to afford sanitary products such as tampons. Free Periods Protest 2017 (https://www.pinkprotest.org/freeperiods) In August 2017 The Pink Protest began working with teenage activist Amika George on the #FreePeriods campaign, calling on the British government to put an end to British period poverty. #FreePeriods was started by Amika George in April 2017, after the BBC published a report that 1 in 10 girls in the UK can't afford to buy menstrual products. Period Poverty (https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/period-poverty-everything-you-need-to-know/) Women and young girls who menstruate are ostracized from basic activities, like eating certain foods, or socializing, all over the world. The cultural shame attached to menstruation and a shortage of resources stop women from going to school and working every day. Period poverty is the lack of access to sanitary products, menstrual hygiene education, toilets, hand washing facilities, and, or, waste management. Producer/Editor - Alex Leonard Camera Operator - Rich Blackburn Artwork - Alice Skinner, Katherine Hill and Amelia Allen With thanks to - The Pink Protest Stay up to date with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/user/GatesFoundation Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gatesfoundation Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gatesfoundation/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/gatesfoundation