Council accused of ‘mansplaining’ menstruation after appointing man as ‘period dignity officer’

Mr Grant’s role is advertised online in a joint partnership between Dundee and Angus College and Dundee City Council.

The role has a salary of between £33,153 and £36,126 a year on a fixed term contract running into 2024. It is expected other roles of this kind will be set up elsewhere.

Dundee City Council and Dundee and Angus College have been approached for comment.

Since Monday, when the Period Products Act cames into force, councils and education providers in Scotland will be legally required to ensure free sanitary products are available to anyone who needs them.

The legislation, which was originally proposed by Labour MSP Monica Lennon, was unanimously approved by the Scottish Parliament back in 2020.

A spokesperson for the Period Dignity Working Group, which comprises Dundee and Angus College, Angus Council, Dundee City Council and Perth College said: “This new role, funded by the Scottish Government, was created to promote and implement new legislation, specifically focused on project management.

“The role builds on some fantastic work which has been gathering speed across the Tay region for several years, led by a passionate group of people of all genders, ages and backgrounds.

“With all partners in the working group Equal Opportunities Employers, Jason was the strongest candidate.

“By changing the culture, encouraging debate and removing the stigma around periods, we look forward to supporting the delivery of this important work across the region.”

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