End period poverty to increase female participation in sport - Ennis
Sinn Féin MLA Sinéad Ennis has called on local sporting organisations to introduce free sanitary products at sporting facilities.
The calls follows a move by Celtic Football Club to install free sanitary product provision at their soccer stadium.
Sinéad Ennis said:
“I would like to commend the ‘On The Ball’ campaign and Celtic Football Club on becoming the first major soccer club to introduce free sanitary products at their stadium.
“This is a major step forward in the campaign to tackle period poverty with a high profile club such as Celtic leading the way by installing free sanitary products in toilets.
“It’s important that there are no barriers to female participation in sport and by clubs introducing free sanitary products this encourage more women to become involved in sport.
“Many women and girls are struggling with the rising costs in sanitary products and sporting organisations can play their part in reducing this pressure.
“I will be writing to the three main sporting bodies in the north - the Irish Football Association, Ulster Rugby and the Ulster Council of the GAA - to encourage them to get involved in this campaign.”