In a state where nearly 50% of people who get periods struggle with period poverty, Colorado initiative Justice Necessary is anticipating providing 250,000 period products to the region in honor of Period Action Day.
Period poverty is the lack of access to menstrual hygiene products and education, often due to financial constraints, which hinder the well-being of individuals. Many people are unaware that SNAP and WIC recipients cannot use their benefits towards any type of hygiene or period products, nor do the majority of food pantries carry these types of products.
You can make a difference! Join your fellow Mountain Lions on Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Student Life Lounge for a Period Packing Party, prepping supplies provided by Justice Necessary and Aunt Flow. Participants will put together one-month supply bags for local schools and donate them to a local school district’s food pantry, as well as Clyde’s Cupboard.
Why is this event so important?
Period poverty is a significant issue affecting individuals worldwide, including those right here on our campus. It refers to the lack of access to menstrual hygiene products due to financial constraints, which can lead to uncomfortable and unhealthy situations. By participating in our Period Packing Party, you are joining the fight against period poverty and helping to create a more inclusive and caring community. Here are a few reasons why this cause is so crucial:
- Dignity: Access to menstrual hygiene products is a matter of basic human dignity. No one should have to compromise their self-esteem or physical health due to financial limitations.
- Education: Period poverty often leads to missed school or work days, impacting one’s educational and professional opportunities. By addressing this issue, we can support academic and career success for all.
- Health: Proper menstrual hygiene is vital for a menstruator’s health. Lack of access to products can lead to infections and other health complications.
- Empowerment: Empowering individuals with the resources they need to manage their periods empowers them in other aspects of their lives, fostering a sense of independence and self-worth.
Questions? Reach out to Sarah Long at [email protected].