International Women’s Day exists to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Allowing us all to shine a spotlight on women achieving some incredible things across the world. This year, we spoke to five inspirational women making a difference around London. From eradicating period poverty to supporting female entrepreneurs, find out more about these brilliant women below. Amika George, founder of FreePeriods campaign When we first met Amika George nearly two years ago, the then 17-year-old had just launched the FreePeriods – a campaign to eradicate period poverty for school-aged girls in the UK. Period poverty in the UK means girls as young as 10 are routinely missing school because their families are unable to afford sanitary products. Since then, George organised a protest outside Downing Street, received a campaign award recognised by Bill and Melinda Gates and has started a legal campaign to ensure equal access to education. What made you start the #FreePeriods campaign? “I started FreePeriods after I realised that girls my age, or younger, were missing school because they couldn’t afford to buy menstrual products. I couldn’t believe that girls were being forced to compromise on their education because of our period, something we do not choose to have. “Yet the government was refusing… Read full this story
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