BLEEDING FREE DOCUMENTARY
A documentary about period poverty and period dignity.
Presented by Bleeding Saor Collective from Edinburgh Napier University.
The Bleeding Free documentary
Bleeding Free is a documentary about period poverty, period dignity and menstrual education. It tells the story of girls and women around the world: those who, throughout their life, suffered from social stigma against their bodies and especially on the topic of menstruation.
Through the collaboration of Edinburgh Napier University students, this documentary aims to champion menstrual myths and break this “silence of menstruation” in order to create a long lasting impact for young people and their communities.
Let’s talk, period.
Inequality in access to sanitary products and menstrual education leave girls and women all around the world socially disadvantaged. Period poverty occurs when someone cannot afford sanitary products because of financial constraints. In 2020, in the UK, 30% of girls couldn’t afford their own period products.
A common reaction to learning the facts that surrounds this problem is surprise and often disbelief. To put this stats into perspective, it would be as if in your classroom, around a dozen of girls could not afford their own menstrual products. Therefore, it is crucial to understand the impact of research to erase destructive scepticism.
Help us start a conversation and circulate positive awareness about menstruation !
Your Bleeding Free guide to periods
This digital resource booklet is here to accompany the Bleeding Free documentary and provide guidance for young people on period education, period stigma, and period poverty.
The guide includes education on menstrual health, such as how, when and why periods happen, Scotland’s journey to period dignity and the impact of stigmatisation on female empowerment.
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Today, support and help us provide women and girls in Scotland and Uganda!
With your donation, you will ease the profound impact period poverty has on girls’ education, their health and their wellbeing.
Why donate ?
- According to thinktank THINX, 80% of teenagers feel there is a negative association with periods, that they are gross or unsanitary.
- In the UK, in 2017, 10% of girls could not afford their own pads. In 2020, the impact of COVID-19 increased this percentage with now 30% of girls unable to afford menstrual products during the national lockdown
- According to Plan International UK’s research, 49% of girls have missed an entire day of school because of their period.
- Around the world, menstrual policies moved forward to legislate the free provision of sanitary products. Well done: Kenya, UK, Japan, Australia, France !
- Thanks to period organisations and charities, conversations dismantling stigma and taboo surrounding periods are being incorporated into schools curriculum
The Bleeding Saor Collective
Who we are
Bleeding Saor is a student collaborative founded at Edinburgh Napier University. Created in 2018, the collective aims to raise awareness about period poverty and end the stigma surrounding ‘that time of the month’.
A design team at Napier University, created dispensers to provide free period products on campus and organised the Bloody Big Brunch at Merchiston Campus in 2019.
As part of the Bleeding Free documentary project, a team of Edinburgh Napier University film students and staff travelled around Scotland and to Uganda to show the different efforts that were undertaken in each country to tackle period poverty and the collaboration between organisations and NGOs of both nations [filmed before COVID-19].
Bloody Big Brunch
An initiative originated from by creative marketing and PR agency Wire, along with social enterprise Hey Girls, the Bloody Big Brunch is a national campaign that sees brunch events hosted across the country to raise awareness of period poverty.
In march, 2019, the Bloody Big Brunch was hosted by Napier University where guests paid for their drinks by donating period products.
Our partners and contributors helped us understand the actions that are being taken to educate women and challenge the myths that surround menstruation. The collaboration between Scotland and Uganda was a way to compare and contrast the situation and the work done in both countries.
Based in Kampala, Girl Up Initiative is one of the few organisation involved in menstrual management across Uganda.
In Bleeding Free, executive director & co-founder Monica Nyiraguhabwa guides the audience through the female struggle in a country that sees periods as a big taboo. The stories of Ugandan women who suffer from period poverty and of the people fighting to end it lead the narrative of this part of the documentary.
From Jinja, a village in the East of Kampala, Irise International works with schools and communities on menstrual health education.
In Bleeding Free, Programme Manager Agnes Akullo shares the way tradition, religion and harmful social norms have consistently stifled conversation around periods.
Hey Girls is a Scottish charity founded in 2017. Based on a Buy One Give One business model, Hey Girls provides menstrual products for those in need but also works on spreading positive menstrual education.
In Bleeding Free, its founder Celia Hodson talks about the shame surrounding period poverty and the difficulties she met when addressing those issues with concrete actions.
Period dignity for all isn’t radical or extreme. It’s simply the right thing to do.
– Monica Lennon, Member of the Scottish Parliament.