CCYP Petitions



From time to time the Commissioner for Children and Young People initiates a petition on a particular topic or issue, gathering support for the issue via signatures. The petition is then presented to relevant decision makers and community leaders to encourage them to consider taking the actions proposed. If you are aged 13 years or older you are invited to sign the petition below if you agree with its aims.

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End Period Poverty, Period.

This petition is now closed.

End date: May 28, 2021

Signatures collected: 365

Signature goal: 500

365 signatures

Signature goal: 500

Please help us to achieve our goal of reaching 500 signatures before 28 May, 2021 by sharing the campaign with your friends and family today.

Use these hashtags on social media to help spread the word. #endperiodpovertyperiod #endperiodpoverty #eachforequal #iwdsa2020 #ccypsa

Join the campaign to end period poverty in South Australia

In South Australia there are girls* who cannot afford to buy sanitary hygiene products. Commonly referred to as ‘period poverty’ this impacts on their capacity to attend school, sporting and social commitments.

Period poverty also causes these young people to feel shame for being dependent on others to supply essential hygiene items, forcing them to use inadequate alternatives that include socks, tissues and toilet paper.

No-one should have to worry about how they are going to manage their period. Everyone has the right to access feminine hygiene products.

To address this inequity, Commissioner for Children and Young People, Helen Connolly, is calling upon government, the feminine hygiene industry, and community stakeholders – including schools, community groups, sporting clubs, and public and private hospitals, and universities – to work together to end period poverty permanently in South Australia.

An accessible, non-stigmatising supply and distribution scheme for a range of free hygiene and sanitary products that will reach South Australian girls* who cannot afford to purchase these essential items themselves, must be devised as a priority, and be put in place in regional and metropolitan locations before International Menstrual Hygiene Day on 28 May, 2021.

*inclusive of all gender diverse young people.