Dodds welcomes passing of period products bill

Upper Bann DUP MLA Diane Dodds has welcomed the passing of legislation to make period products freely available in all schools, colleges and public buildings.

By Diane Dodds MLA

Upper Bann

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Mrs Dodds said, “This Bill is an important step forward in tackling period poverty and I would like to congratulate Pat Catney for having steered it through the legislative process.

No woman or girl should ever feel stigmatised because they are unable to afford period products or do not have access to them. The Bill builds upon a firm foundation that was laid by DUP Ministers. I brought forward an initial pilot projects to provide free period products for students at a number of higher education students and Michelle McIlveen launched a similar scheme across school settings.

There was a clear unity of purpose across the Assembly in relation to this Bill and it is a very positive note to form part of the last sitting day of this mandate.”

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