Period poverty: School girls offered free menstrual products 經期貧困:給在校生免費提供經期用品

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Campaigners have long called for the government to help women and girls stuck in so-called 『period poverty』. Research by the PHS Group, which will supply the sanitary products, found that more than half of teenage girls in school or college were missing lessons because of their period, while nearly a third said that either they, or someone they knew, had been impacted by period poverty.

倡議者一直呼籲政府來幫助婦女和女孩們擺脫所謂的 「經期貧困」。PHS(Personnel Hygiene Services Limited 個人衛生服務有限公司)的研究發現,超過一半的在校女生會因經期問題缺課。同時,近三分之一的人表示,她們或她們認識的人曾受到經期貧困的影響。PHS公司是將為學校提供衛生用品的供應商。

Under the new scheme, pupils in over 20,000 schools will be able to access sanitary products free of charge, and staff will be able to order more online when they’re needed.

根據這項新計畫,兩萬多所學校的學生將能夠免費使用衛生用品。學校工作人員將能夠在網上按需訂購衛生用品。

In Scotland, four million pounds is being spent on a similar initiative launched last year. And in Wales, three million pounds was announced earlier this month to supply girls in primary and secondary schools with sanitary products.

在蘇格蘭,400萬英鎊的經費在支持去年啟動的一項類似計畫。威爾士在本月早些時候宣佈將投入300萬英鎊為中小學女生提供衛生用品。

詞彙

period poverty 「經期貧困」,因貧困無法購買衛生用品
supply 提供
sanitary products 衛生用品
impacted 影響
free of charge 免費
initiative 新措施,計畫

閱讀理解:請在讀完上文後,回答下列問題。

1. According to research, how many girls at schools and colleges in England were thought to be missing lessons because of their period?

2. How much are students going to be charged for sanitary products under this new scheme?

3. True or false? Students will be able to order more sanitary products online.

4. What type of schools in Wales are students being offered free sanitary products?

答案

1. According to research, how many girls at schools and colleges in England were thought to be missing lessons because of their period?
Research by the PHS Group, which will supply the sanitary products, found that more than half of teenage girls in school or college were missing lessons because of their period.

2. How much are students going to be charged for sanitary products under this new scheme?
Under the new scheme, pupils in over 20,000 schools will be able to access sanitary products free of charge.

3. True or false? Students will be able to order more sanitary products online.
False. It’s staff who will be able to order more online when they’re needed.

4. What type of schools in Wales are students being offered free sanitary products?
Girls in primary and secondary schools in Wales will be offered free sanitary products.