United Way’s Period Promise Campaign helps local people who menstruate get access to the product they need
United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island is once again launching their Period Promise campaign to reduce period poverty and help those who menstruate get access to the product they need.
Periods are a fact of life. But if you’re living in poverty – or vulnerable in other ways – access to menstrual products can be challenging and the COVID-19 pandemic has only made it worse.
“We know that our neighbours are making tough decisions, like whether to buy period products or food. Periods don’t stop for pandemics, and COVID-19 has made affording menstrual products more difficult for thousands of Vancouver Islanders,” said Signy Madden, Executive Director, United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island. “We are grateful for our committed donors and supporters who are stepping up to join us by donating and advocating for access to period products for every person who needs them.”
Earlier this year United Way’s Period Promise Research project released its final research report. More than 1600 people across the province responded to a public survey where they shared how period poverty impacts their life and access to community. Hundreds provided testimonies that speak to the importance of increasing access to free menstrual products.
“I was homeless as a teenager and later, I was a low-income single mother. I remember doing everything I could to make my supplies stretch- when I was homeless I would often steal tampons after trying to find some for free. When I was a young, poor single mother, every penny spent was towards my daughter- I would bus for hours to try to find free menstrual supplies. I would use old rags. I would wear a tampon for way, way longer than I should’ve. It was food for my baby or tampons, so I chose food for my baby.” – Period Promise Research Project
United Way’s Period Promise campaign runs from May 6th to June 3rd, 2021. To help end period poverty in your community donate now or host your own collection campaign. Visit uwcnvi.ca/periodpromise for details.
For more information, go to uwcnvi.ca/periodpromise
Nicole Benson, Director of Communications
United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island
About United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island
Over the past 60 plus years, United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island has become a catalyst for social change – conducting research, convening coalitions, and influencing public policy to make a difference in local communities. In 2019-2020, UWCNVI funded 89 programs helping 51,846 people. Since April 2020, UWCNVI has funded 251 programs helping over 45,000 from the Malahat to Port Hardy. uwcnvi.ca