Another Positive Step Forward in Ensuring Pupils in Wales Don’t Get Left Behind When it Comes to Menstrual Education
FTWW is delighted to see that combined lobbying efforts around ‘Menstrual Well-being on the School Curriculum for Wales’ are finally taking effect.
Jade, a member of both FTWW and Endometriosis UK, brought a formal petition to the Welsh Assembly Senedd’s Petitions Committee, which was heard today. Please follow this link and go to the 2.36 minute mark if you’d like to see the outcome of today’s discussion.
Whilst FTWW, as part of the Welsh Government’s Women’s Health Implementation Group (WHIG) had already had a commitment from Education Minister, Kirsty Williams, to ‘recommend’ menstrual wellbeing be taught in schools in Wales, Leanne Wood AM’s support proved invaluable today, with her endorsing that the Petitions Committee write to the Minister again, asking that the subject have more of a mandatory footing in the curriculum, ensuring that ALL schools, and ALL pupils in Wales, are given accurate information about periods, and when / how to seek help for painful or debilitating symptoms.
Let us not forget: ONE IN FIVE GIRLS MISS SCHOOL AS A RESULT OF PAINFUL / HEAVY PERIODS – we owe it to all of them to enable taboo-free discourse about the topic, speed up diagnoses of conditions like #endometriosis, and improve timely access to best treatment.
Keep your eye on our website and social media in the lead-up to March, as EUK and FTWW will be co-hosting an important awareness-raising and lobbying event at the Senedd! More to follow in the very near future!