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. Many folks who menstruate do not have access to products and therefore miss out on opportunities, work, school, etc. as a result.
We believe it is imperative for menstrual products to be provided for free in all washrooms, just like toilet paper. It's also important to be inclusive when discussing menstruation. People menstruate; including women, trans men, gender non-binary and 2Spirit people. 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?
- Join our menstrual equity slack channel with Joni here
- Collect monetary donations or host menstrual product drives to donate to your local shelters or food banks
- Reach out to your student council rep, or local MP/council members to discuss initiatives
For more info on how to implement at your workplace, school or propose policy changes in your community, please msg us!