Menstruation is a health issue that is experienced by over half of the Canadian population. Menstrual Equity describes the disproportionate amount menstruation affects those who menstruate compared to those who do not, i.e. the added expense for purchasing products, anxiety & side effects surrounding periods and more. Studies by Plan Canada found that 2/3 of women aged 14-55 had to miss out on an activity because of their period and 34% of women have had to regularly or occasionally sacrifice something else within their budget to afford menstrual products (2019). We believe it is imperative for all businesses, schools, and public washrooms in general to provide free menstrual products, just like toilet paper. Just in case you were not aware, people menstruate. This includes women, gender non-binary and 2Spirit people. It's especially important to note that menstrual inequities disproportionately impact Black, Indigenous and People of Colour, as well as trans and non-binary individuals and people with disabilities.
What can you do?
- Start having discussions around menstruation in your networks
- Collect monetary donations or host menstrual product drives to donate to your local shelters or food banks
- Reach out to your local MP/council members in your area to discuss
For more info on menstrual equity and how to implement at your workplace, school or propose policy changes in your community, please reach out.