Periods are a fact of life. But if you’re living in poverty or vulnerable in other ways access to necessary menstrual products can be challenging. And COVID-19 has made it even more difficult.
The lack of access to menstrual products and facilities to use them safely has made it a chronic challenge for those who menstruate such as cis women, cis girls, trans and non-binary people.
To cope with the amplified issue of ‘period poverty,’ United Way of Northern BC (UWNBC) has launched a #periodpromise campaign in northern B.C.’s five communities Prince George, Dawson Creek, Terrace, Fort St. James and Quesnel. The campaign will run from May 28 to June 30 with the aim to collect menstrual hygiene products and raise funds for those who find it challenging to purchase menstrual products
“No one makes a choice to menstruate, so no one should have to make a choice as to whether or not they can afford to manage it,” said Trista Spencer, Executive Director, UWNBC. “It’s heartbreaking to know that so many go without the necessary products simply due to affordability or accessibility, especially when this is a natural bodily function. It’s time to remove this barrier, normalize the conversation about menstruation, and make period poverty a thing of the past
The United Way implores individuals and organizations to extend their support to help it tackle this issue in northern B.C. by making a financial contribution by visiting UWNBC’s Period Promise page, donating menstrual products at one of the product collection sites, or organizing their own Period Promise collection campaign.
United Way’s Period Promise aims to provide menstrual products to anyone who needs them because no one should have to choose between food and menstrual products. For more information go to the website unitedwaynbc.ca /period promise or contact them via phone at 250 561 1040 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
United Way’s Period Promise has been made possible by province-wide sponsorship from Pacific Blue Cross and northern B.C. region sponsorship from Local 1611 LiUNA