What is Period poverty?
Imagine this, every month not being able to afford the basic necessity of period products. In New Zealand data was collected that estimates 70,000 people are living in extreme period inequity, period poverty, every month.
New research shows people with a menstrual cycle will spend an estimated $15,000 to $20,000 on period products during their lifetimes. This is just based on disposable period products & doesn’t take into account inflation nor does it cover things in the “period ecosystem” such as hot water bottles, wheat packs painkillers or illnesses that can cause heavy bleeding
Period poverty is defined as the lack of access to menstrual hygiene products and menstrual education.
Period poverty is a serious issue where individuals lack access to sanitary products due to financial constraints. This can result from a range of life events that negatively affect a person's ability to manage their menstruation. Those who experience period poverty are often unable to purchase the necessary menstrual products, which can prevent them from participating in daily life, such as going to school or work.
Period poverty causes physical, mental, and emotional challenges, including shame and stigma surrounding menstruation, preventing individuals from openly discussing their needs.
To combat period poverty, national advocacy is necessary to support menstruators by providing adequate infrastructure and affordable menstrual products. Education and knowledge sharing in schools, communities, and organizations can also help by including menstruators in the conversation and providing education without stigma.
Businesses can contribute to destigmatizing menstruation, providing access to facilities and products, and integrating menstruation management into their policies. Evidence-informed charitable programs can educate menstruators, provide necessary products, and support people and their communities.
Further research is necessary on the effects of period poverty and how to combat it, and protective legislation can ensure affordable access to proper facilities and menstrual hygiene products. Governments can also reduce taxes on menstrual products, making them more affordable. Overall, ending period poverty requires attention and collaboration from multiple sectors to create sustainable solutions.
How YOU can HELP us to FIGHT Period Poverty
Your support is important to our work at Endo Warriors Aotearoa, your support is what helps us to keep going. There are many ways you can contribute towards our causes, and every little bit that you commit goes a long way in helping us fulfil our mission., you can donate a few different ways.
You or your work/school can hold a fundraising event for EWA or a period drive collection, email us to see how we can work together.
You can buy period items to donate online and in-store from the daily dojo, if buying online put donate in the comments box and they will put them into our donation basket https://deliverydojo.co.nz/
You can donate into the back account Endo Warriors Aotearoa account number is 06-0582-0971121-00 if you need a receipt please email us
Thank you so much for your support