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The Period Dignity Strategic Action Plan sets out the Welsh Government’s approach to ensuring period dignity in Wales. The Plan is grounded in a commitment to work across Government, and with stakeholders, to develop and deliver a series of wide-ranging, holistically intersecting actions which deliver our vision for period dignity in Wales.
By 2026 we will live in a Wales where:
- periods are fully understood, accepted and normalised. It is widely recognised that periods are not a choice and period products are not a luxury
- those who have periods have access to products of their choice, when and where necessary, in the most dignified way possible
- equitable access to provision across Wales exists, whilst allowing for local arrangements
- the stigma, taboos and myths which exist have been challenged through provision of information and educational resources. No-one is ashamed or embarrassed about periods and can speak openly and confidently about them, whether they have periods or do not
- the potential impact of periods and how they may change during the peri-menopause, menopause and as a result of broader health issues is widely understood and
- this impact is responded to sensitively within education, employment and health based settings
- a broader range of period products are in use, limiting the negative environmental impact of many disposable products
- all those who have periods:
- fully understand their period and know what it normal for them
- are confident to seek help and medical advice, if necessary
- do not face health inequalities when seeking medical advice or help
- know how best to manage their period to ensure it does not negatively impact on their life
- have an understanding of the different types of products available, their correct use and disposal, and can choose the most appropriate product for them
- have access to appropriate facilities to enable them to manage their period in privacy, with dignity and in a healthy way.
Do you agree with the vision for period dignity outlined in the plan? What suggestions would you make to improve it?
How achievable is the vision within the next five years? What will prevent achievement of the vision and what may help to realise the vision?
The Plan is structured by policy theme. Are there themes or specific actions missing from the plan? What are these and whose responsibility are they?
Does the Period Dignity Strategic Action plan adequately respond to the intersection between period dignity and period poverty with protected characteristics and the experience of socio economic disadvantage. If not, how can we improve this?
What more should the Welsh Government do in relation to broader health based issues such perimenopause, the menopause, endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) and gynaecological cancers. Do you believe these actions should be included in the Period Dignity Strategic Action Plan or in other policy work?
We would like to know your views on the effects that the Period Dignity Strategic Action Plan would have on the Welsh language, specifically on opportunities for people to use Welsh and on treating the Welsh language no less favourably than English.
What effects do you think there would be? How could positive effects be increased, or negative effects be mitigated?
Please also explain how you believe the Period Dignity Strategic Action Plan could be formulated or changed so as to have positive effects or increased positive effects on opportunities for people to use the Welsh language and on treating the Welsh language no less favourably than the English language, and no adverse effects on opportunities for people to use the Welsh language and on treating the Welsh language no less favourably than the English language.
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