A total of 629 people signed the Commissioner’s Period Poverty Petition calling upon the state government, the feminine hygiene industry, and community stakeholders to work together to end period poverty permanently in South Australia.

The dates for the petition coincided with International Menstrual Hygiene Day 2020 – a day set aside each year to break taboos surrounding menstruation, raise awareness about periods, and understand the importance and benefits of good menstrual hygiene practices and management throughout the world.

The petition will be presented to the SA government to advocate for action in relation to the availability of period hygiene products and their disposal units, alongside education to remove taboo and stigma surrounding periods and menstruation.