As we learn about how we can sync our lives with our menstrual cycle, as we marvel about how far we have come, as we become outraged that nobody shared this information with us and begin to harness the power of our cyclical nature, it is important that we recognise that we are on a spectrum which doesn’t necessarily move with us or end with our advancement.
There are millions of women around the world who do not have access to the products they need to have a healthy and safe period.
If you would like to know more about this topic, please dive into the resources below and consider how you might get involved to make a difference in the lives of a woman less privileged than you.
Period. End of Sentence. won the Oscar for Best Documentary Short in 2019. It is about a village in India which bands together to create affordable menstrual pads. It is eye-opening, heartbreaking and awe-inspiring, I highly recommend you give it a watch! You can also take a look at their origins at The Pad Project.
Bloody Good Period is a UK based charity which provides menstrual products to those who can’t afford them and education to those less likely to access it.
Plan UK has run some incredible period-advocating campaigns, working with girls globally to end the stigma. They are building girl-friendly toilets in schools and communities and making sure girls have access to period products.
Freedom4Girls is a UK based charity which provides education, period products, promotes product choice and supports environmentally and financially sustainable options.
Binti Period works in India, Africa, the UK and the US to provide access to menstrual products, education and de-stigmatisation around period taboos.
I Support The Girls is a US-based charity which provides bras and menstrual products to girls and women experiencing homelessness
The Period Purse is a Canadian charity which strives to achieve menstrual equity by providing marginalized menstruators with access to free menstrual products and to reduce the stigma surrounding periods through public education and advocacy.
One way to use your power for good is to buy from organisations who use their profits to support women who are less fortunate. Here are some examples of companies who do this through selling period products.
ModiBodi period underwear has a ‘buy one give one’ option (and they make for a life-changing, comfortable period which doesn’t add to the billions of pounds of waste from period products every month!) Note: if you use the link included here, you will receive £15 off your first pair and I will, in turn, earn £15.
Pixie Cup also has a buy one give one policy – for every period cup sold, they give one cup to a woman in need!
EcoFemme reusable pads make cloth pads available to girls in need across India while providing a dignified livelihood to women who stitch the pads.
If there are more resources that you would like me to include here, please feel free to reach out to me; I will happily be updating this page regularly!