Menstruating Women In Police Custody Are Being Left To Bleed In Cells
No sanitary protection provided!
Tampon Poverty may well be an issue for women who are homeless and for families who have no choice than to use food banks; and one the public have been made aware of in 2017 due to women’s campaigning groups.
“She was left in a state of vulnerability sufficient to cause concern for her wellbeing, bleeding in a paper suit, alone in a cell,” and added:
“Women are frequently left without the assistance of female officers, without access to adequate and hygienic sanitary protection, or facilities for washing and changing,”
The ICVA, has gathered evidence suggesting the failure to provide sanitary care is widespread across England and Wales.
The letter also warned that these failings could be breaching the human rights of women and girls in custody, under the Equality Act 2010, and articles 3, 8, and 14 of the Human Rights Act 1998 — and “appear to fall short of our international obligations to women.”
Katie Kempen, the chief executive of the ICVA, said:
The ICVA, which is funded by the Home Office and police and crime commissioners (PCC), said there should be clear guidance for police forces and support to make sure women and girls’ rights are being respected.
As part of this, it is calling for women and girls to be provided with access to a female officer when in custody, a hygiene pack, a regular supply of sanitary products, as well as the opportunity to replace them, facilities where they can wash their hands, privacy when using the toilet —including not being filmed by CCTV — and sensitivity during any strip searches.
Dame Vera Baird, Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria, described the lack of consideration of women’s needs as “lamentable.”
“This must immediately stop and police must revise their process,” she said, calling for “action."
Perhaps the term ‘lamentable’ is insufficient to describe the way women are being treated and that the words ‘appalling, inhumane and disgraceful are more appropriate.
Many may well ask, is this a form of saving money, whereas the Tampon Tax is a way of making money from women's needs?
Furthermore, with a female PM and Home Secretary, it is rather ironic that in the 21st Century women are still being forced to suffer indignity, and lack of human respect!
Source: Global Citizen / ICVA / BBC / C Ingram