On World Menopause Day Labour Cllr Jayne Dunn issues an update on progress:
There are more than 13 million women experiencing menopause or pre-menopause in the UK and many are left to suffer in silence.
Since the Period Equality and Menopause motion passed unanimously at Council in November 22, work has continued with a coalition of groups and individuals including irise, Yula, Shipshape, Chula, GMB, Chella Quint, Power over periods, Love Your Period and Dr Maria Tomlinson. The groups have been meeting regularly to build a Charter which is informative and empowering, and which prevents women from being let down by a lack of awareness and abandoned to suffer the symptoms without support.
‘Our Motion in November was just the start’ said Cllr Jayne Dunn, Labour Councillor for Southey Ward
In March, Sheffield became the first city to launch a period equality charter aimed at smashing the stigma around menstruation and menopause. The Charter is currently taking its next steps through the Council as it progresses towards full adoption.
Cllr Jayne Dunn, Labour Councillor for Southey Ward said:
‘Today on World Menopause Day, I want to applaud the women fighting to smash the stigma around menstruation and menopause. Thanks to these wonderful organisations and their dedication; our name as a city that is championing both the menopause and period equality is out there and others are looking to follow our lead’
‘We need policies in the workplace and government policies to support women – where Government is dragging its feet, Sheffield is stepping in to make progress on this important issue’