Newcastle’s International Women’s Day celebrations include a flash mob, a choir and hundreds of red pompoms.
Women in Newcastle, a group of women and organisations across the city, are organising a range of events and activities to celebrate International Women’s Day and one of their themes for this year is raising awareness of period poverty and stigma and promoting a message of period positivity.
The centrepiece of this year’s event will take place at Grey’s Monument as the group ‘turn it red’ by draping hundreds of red pompoms around it.
The event will also consist of a pop-up choir and flash mob which will encourage everybody to come together and bust the current taboo surrounding periods.
In the UK, one in ten girls has been unable to afford sanitary products while nearly half of girls aged between 14 and 21 are reportedly embarrassed by their periods.
Newcastle Civic Centre and six other community centres in Newcastle including City Library, Fenham and West End Libraries and the Grainger Market office are now Red Box donation points, where the public can donate sanitary products.