Since 2016, Comic Relief has partnered with the UK Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to support vulnerable and marginalised women and girls across the UK with funds raised through the ‘Tampon Tax’, the VAT charged on sanitary products. In 2016, £3 million worth of funding from the Tampon Tax Fund, with an additional £1 million from Comic Relief, enabled us to continue and expand the vital work that we fund in protecting, inspiring and empowering women and girls who are most marginalised or disadvantaged in society and whose access to opportunity is limited.
In 2017 Comic Relief was awarded a second grant from the Tampon Tax Fund. Working in partnership with DCMS, Northern Ireland’s Department for Communities, the Scottish Government and the Welsh Government, Comic Relief has launched a new fund to tackle violence against women and girls across the UK. This programme will fund expert organisations supporting women and girls at risk of, or who have survived, violence and who have multiple and complex needs.
Our partnership with the DCMS has allowed Comic Relief to work with organisations delivering pioneering work in pursuit of gender justice, supporting hundreds of women and girls to be empowered and take control of their lives.