Diarmuid Ó Curraoin (Student Union Business/Law Convenor), Megan Reilly (SU Equality Officer), Daniel Khan (SU VP/Welfare), Jimmy McGovern (SU President), Ellen Donohoe (NUIG Amnesty Society)
NUI Galway Students’ Union writes:
NUI Galway Students’ Union will be distributing free tampons and sanitary pads to students during their Equality Week on campus this week. The move is aimed to highlight the hidden costs of being a woman. Sanitary products are 23% more expensive in Ireland than in the UK which has a high impact on cash-strapped students. Volunteers from the Students’ Union Equality Team will distribute the “Tompax” – Time of the Month Packs – this Tuesday and Thursday.
During the week, the Students’ Union will also be examining issues relating to student workers’ rights with a wide range of speakers from Employment Relation representatives such as the Irish Congress of Trade Unions advising students of their rights. A recent survey found that a worrying 43% of NUI Galway students in employment do not have a contract of employment.
The issue of reproductive rights will be looked at on Tuesday evening with a panel discussion on repealing the Eighth Amendment hosted by Amnesty International Society. On Wednesday the Equality Team will be conducting an accessibility audit of the NUI Galway Campus to identify areas that need improvement for students with disabilities.