Period Mountain 2022
Throughout our entire menstrual health series we have discussed the challenges that some folks experience during their menstrual cycle. Unfortunately not everyone has adequate access to period products such as tampons and pads, despite the fact that menstruation is a natural occurrence. Some are forced to use a sock, toilet paper, old clothes or newspaper in place of a tampon or pad.
This is the disturbing reality for women and folks living on northern Indigenous reserves, those who are homeless, those living below the poverty line, those living in poverty with dependents etc.We are told that our period is a natural and beautiful aspect of physiology, however for many folks this time of the month provokes intense shame, anxiety and discomfort. Often times causing them to miss work or school, skip out on social gatherings all due to shame, embarrassment and fear brought on by the lack of menstrual products.
For indigenous folks, it can cost upwards of $45.00 to have 1 box of tampons brought to their location due to shipping fees to remote reserves. That is atrocious! In cities and surrounding suburbs we can get a box of tampons on sale at a pharmacy for $4.99. One might think that a reusable period product such as a DivaCup or reusable underwear is a better alternative, however many of the Indigenous reserves have no access to clean water and are on water boil advisories and therefore using it on cleaning these products is not a luxury that they have.
Last year we saw amazing men and woman in our community come together, and a result we collected 15,000 pieces and this year our goal for 2022 is to deliver 20,000!
We at What’s Good Wellness are speechless and heartbroken to hear these challenges that folks face during their periods. Period products should not be a luxury, they are a basic need for ALL women and folks menstruating!!
We have teamed up with @jennsfc to bring awareness to this devastating issue. Together we have partnered with @moontimesisters to donate period products to folks living on Northern Indigenous Reserves. In the photo below you can see our “Period Mountain” art installation at What’s Good Wellness; we are asking our community to rally together and donate period products that can be delivered at the end of October 2022.
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