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Every Woman Deserves The Right To Dignity. Period.

Access to menstrual products is both a dignity and equity issue, yet women and school-aged girls across the United States are unable to access the menstrual products they need. Menstrual product insecurities among poor women and girls can lead to shame, humiliation and health issues.

 

COVID-19 has made “period poverty” worse. It is estimated that a quarter of all U.S. menstruators struggled to afford period products due to a lack of income in the last year. That is why we are building on the success of our initial Positive Period Campaign and expanding it to a nation-wide initiative to provide both programming and personal hygiene kits to Black young women and girls through both our My Sister’s Keeper and SIS Circles programs.

 

Now more than ever, we must build our villages so women and girls can enjoy optimal health and wellness which requires that we tear down the walls of shame and stigma that keep us from living our best healthy and whole lives. Help us a culture of pride around our periods.

How Can You Help?

THE FACTS

Recent surveys of low-income women in the US found that:

64% OF THE WOMEN

had been unable to afford period products during the previous year, and 21 percent experienced this problem on a monthly basis

ALMOST 50%

of women surveyed had times during the past year when they had to choose between food and period products.

2-3 SCHOOL DAYS

High School aged girls miss an average of 2-3 school days per month because of no access to menstrual products

1 in 4 low-income women

report having to use a substitute period product, like toilet paper or a sock, because she couldn’t afford her supplies.

Here’s How You Can Help!

The Black Women’s Health Imperative launched the Positive Period! Campaign in Fall 2019 and was able to provide 2,000 Freedom Cup menstrual cups for women and girls in Kigali, Rwanda and in Atlanta, GA thanks to your generous donations and the incredible 3:1 match by the Freedom Cup Company.

Now with your help, we can provide programming as well as personal hygiene kits to young women and girls across the United States.

Here’s how you can help:

    1. Make a donation, your donation of $33 will help us provide $33
    2. Help us spread the word by following us on social media and sharing our Positive Period! Campaign posts.
    3. Help to end period poverty by joining BWHI to advocate for menstrual equity.

Your investment in young girls and women, will not just empower them, but could improve the quality of a young girl’s life. Join BWHI in ending Period Shame and becoming Period Positive!