Smalls for All

We can often take for granted having access to pants and bras, but for some individuals, having underwear can be life changing.

After having three weeks of University strikes (pre-coronavirus), my housemates and I decided to do a spring clean and sort through all of our clothes, shoes, make-up and even our underwear.

Having seen a post on my local university page about donating bras to a charity, we decided to sort through our wardrobe and see what we could donate. Between us we collated a parcel with over 10 slightly used bras that we weren’t using anymore and went to our local post office to send it off.

As young women and as Social Policy students, we are acutely aware of the hardships that women across the world face. We also realised that we take having underwear and being in a position to afford new and clean underwear, for granted. If we have the opportunity to help lift other women up across the world then we should take it!

‘Smalls for All’ is a Scottish Charity which collects and distributes underwear to help women and children in both African and the UK. In Africa, they work with orphanages, slums, camps, schools as well as those individuals in hospitals suffering from medical conditions. They also do fantastic work in this country, working with charities helping to alleviate poverty.

We can often take for granted having access to underwear, but for some individuals having pants can be life changing - allowing girls the opportunity to complete their education, keeping women in the workforce and reduce their likelihood of being in poverty.

Here’s a list of things that you could do to help get involved:

- Buy a new packet of ladies'/children's pants (must be new - they are most in need of children's aged 3-15 or ladies’ size 8-14)

- Donate new or gently worn bras in any size

- Make a financial contribution

While I understand not everyone may be in the financial situation to contribute or make donations, as a group we spent £4 in total for postage and packaging. That is a small price to pay to help empower women all over the world.

More information is available at their website, which can be found here.

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