Menstro Out to End Period Poverty for Girls and Women in Ottawa | Custom Buttons Ottawa
When girls and women have their period they should not have to miss school or work, but due to the costs of menstrual products many do. An organization called Menstro is working to end period poverty for girls and women in this city.
Did you know:
- 1 in 3 Canadian girls and women struggle to afford menstrual hygiene products;
- More than 1 in 10 Canadian women and girls regularly miss activities, including work and school, because of their periods;
- Nearly 1 in 7 Canadian girls miss school due to a lack of access to period protection.
Poverty has far reaching effects, and there are specific consequences for women and girls living in poverty. This is very much true in Ottawa, as it is in the rest of Canada.
We were recently introduced to local group Menstro when they needed some buttons for a conference they were attending in New York City. Menstro is working to erase period poverty through education and getting free menstrual hygiene products into public spaces and the hands of those who need them to live their lives.
When you are already struggling to make ends meet, finding the money for these products on a monthly basis can add stress and have deep consequences. This should not be a concern. It is the hope of Menstro that anyone not able to afford tampons or pads can find them readily available at school, the local library or other public spaces. And research by Plan Canada suggests an overwhelming majority of Canadians support having free products available in schools, workplaces and other public spaces.
This organization is up to good things in just a few short months, meeting with local politicians to get on board. And Menstro has been started by two Ottawa high school students, Aislynn MacLean and Izzy Lapalme, which makes the work they have already achieved very remarkable indeed.
Follow & Support Menstro Ottawa and Their Current Programs
Check them out and see how you can help their super awesome cause: