Every day, there are about 800 million womxn and girls who menstruate worldwide. If you’re a lucky menstruator, you might suffer PMS symptoms like cramps, tender breasts, irritability and heavy bleeding around your monthly period, but if you’re one of the 500 million unlucky people on this planet, you not only suffer physical symptoms, but something much more debilitating: period poverty and menstrual inequity. With the help of the period movement, safe menstruation is slowly becoming recognised as a human right, but the fight is far from over.
Here is everything you need to know about menstrual equity.
What is menstrual equity?
What is period poverty?
What is menstrual stigma?
Consequences of menstrual stigma
What is the period movement?
Menstrual Equity Act
How to be more period positive
It’s about bloody time!
Recently Toronto, Whitehorse, Nova Scotia and British Columbia have passed legislation making period products free in public school restrooms.
Three years ago red liquid, depicting real blood, was used in a maxi pad commercial for the first time, instead of the inexplicable blue liquid that we’ve been forced to look at for years. Thank you Bodyform marketing team for playing a huge part in normalizing periods!
The Red Box program was set up in the UK to reduce period poverty by giving girls free menstrual products. One school in Portsmouth credits the project for increasing girls’ school attendance by a third.
Period poverty is a complex and under acknowledged socio-economic issue. While access to pads and tampons are a step in the right direction, addressing and understanding the root causes of period poverty is the ultimate goal, and will be what moves us into a truly period positive world.