A plan to share £12 million raised by an unpopular tax on tampons between a number of women's charities has been met with anger by those who think the levy should be scrapped altogether.
Chancellor George Osborne announced the move on Wednesday while delivering his Budget in the House of Commons.
It has provoked a backlash, with many critics arguing that women shouldn't have to pay tax to fund charities such as Breast Cancer Care.
Sanitary products are currently considered "luxury and non-essential" items by the European Commission, which means that 5% of the money raised through sales goes directly to the government.
Though some welcomed the move to donate £12 million to good causes, others maintained the premise of the tampon tax was still unfair and should be addressed.
They argued the move was nothing to celebrate as women would be "financing their own support" and women's bodies were paying for "men's violence".
Some noticed that £12 million figure was actually £3 million short of what the government first proposed in the Autumn Statement last year.
Some suggested that men should have to match the £12 million.
Others highlighted that many women living in poverty struggled to afford sanitary products.
A food bank volunteer told BuzzFeed News women had confessed to using old socks, handkerchiefs, and even scrunched-up newspapers instead of tampons.
Major Colin Bradshaw said that volunteers were "saddened and horrified" by the stories told by women, many of whom had ended up in hospital because of infections.
They have now started a campaign urging the government to make sanitary products free for women in poverty.
Last year a petition urging the government to stop taxing periods called the tampon tax "outdated and overtly sexist".
Laura Coryton, who launched that petition, also pointed out that items such as marshmallow teacakes, exotic meats, and gambling were exempt from being taxed on luxury grounds.
But although the campaign has reached over 300,000 signatures, no changes were made and the tampon tax still remains.
Fiona Rutherford is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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