Combatting Period Poverty

This contractor believe all women should have access to sanitary products during their period however, there are many women who are experiencing period poverty and are unable to access or afford them. These women have no choice but to use rags, socks, or even newspaper to manage their menstruation, making them vulnerable to disease.

This project team decided to make sure sanitary bins were properly allocated in every ladies toilet and the supply of free sanitary products were available for anyone that needed it on site. They then wanted to do more not just for their site but for women in crises, homeless, low income and refugees.

The team created a raffle whereby the currency would be a pack of ten pads to participate. They not only wanted to collect products for women that needed it, they also wanted to normalise the word ‘period’ in order to make everyone comfortable with the term so women didn’t have to feel ashamed about saying it. They set a goal of 55,350 pad by March which would allow them to help 615 women for 6 months.

As a team they sold tickets and had talks with the workforce on why this is important and how much harder period poverty has become especially due to the pandemic and so far a month and a half into their raffle, they have collected 29,698 pads and counting.

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