Fighting Period Poverty One Care Package at a Time
Why Advocate for Periods?
Many females around the world are forced to undergo shame, are forced to sleep in isolation from their families or are absent or withheld from school during menstruation.
In many cultures, periods are considered a taboo and because of this many suffer in silence, living with period poverty and menstruation related illnesses.
Period poverty is a global pandemic, most girls resort to using items such as; newspaper, plastic, socks, towels, old clothes or previously used disposable pads, to satisfy their monthly needs in order to be able to live, work or attend school.
1 in 3 Canadians under the age of 25 struggle to afford menstrual supplies, and in developing countries, this number is even worse.
This reality is drastically influenced by the stigma attached to menstruation.
It's time for society's outlook to be adjusted. Let's change the conversation and make periods positive!
What Inspired the HAGO Initiative?
Growing up in the island of Jamaica, access to essential products, such as sanitary pads, were a luxury. Often, when our family had used up most of the funds on food, transportation, school books or other necessities, when our time of the month came around, there was no more money for sanitary napkins.
This lead to us using other methods such as paper, cardboard, plastic and a range of means to satisfy our needs.
After coming to Canada, I realized that 'Period Poverty' was a struggle that existed worldwide and not only in undeveloped countries. This initiated the start of the Help A Girl Out, registered as a not-for-profit in 2018.
Our main objective is to make sanitary products accessible to all women regardless of their location, situation or financial circumstances, through our advocacy and raising awareness.
In the meantime, our efforts are to provide feminine products to people who need them, in Canad and developing countries.