Periods are a fact of life.
Menstruation products are a basic necessity. But if you’re living in poverty – or vulnerable in other ways – access to tampons, pads, cups or menstrual underwear, can be challenging.
The Period Promise campaign by United Way mobilizes local citizens to be a part of the solution.
You can take part in several ways:
- Give financially, or donate period products like tampons, pads, cups, menstrual underwear.
- You can also organize a Period Promise campaign to collect donations in your community.
- If you are an elected representative, executive, union leader or business owner, commit to providing free menstrual hygiene products to anyone accessing your facilities.
Did you know? Nearly 1 in 4 Canadian women has struggled to buy period products for themselves, or their children.
History and partnerships
Tampon Tuesday: For the past few years in March, United Way Halton & Hamilton has led a local “Tampon Tuesday” initiative, a drive to collect and distribute donated menstrual products for people in need. Now operating locally as Period Promise, organizers and supporters continue to collect and distribute donations, while advocating for free menstrual products in common spaces.
Labour: Period Promise has garnered incredible community support, especially from the labour movement. Unions as well as labour councils, are leading the way in improving access to menstrual products.