I'm not sure if this board has already been created, but this topic has been really bugging me. There are so many women and girls across the globe who face period poverty and can't afford the products they need to cope with their periods. I have heard of many girls skipping school and women skipping work because they are ashamed and can't afford pads or tampons when they have their periods. 

This is a topic that is not discussed and addressed enough. I feel that our society teaches women to be ashamed of their periods and it often makes them feel more powerless. Even the homeless shelters don't include feminine hygeine items on their wish lists, though it's something I am sure is needed. 

I want to help this issue by somehow donating these period products so that they can reach women who need it. Women don't need to be ashamed of having their periods, and I feel strongly about this topic.

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  • Great post!!
  • Nell, you are so right. This has been bugging me for for a really long time, and I would also love to help. I have not even started my period, but that doesn't make me any less concerned. It's just so sad that girls have to miss school, and I really want to change that.
  • Thank y for making this
  • in fact, in a previous issue of the nmg mag, a girl was featured who gave homeless women a pack of supplies they might need, including but not exclusive to feminine hygiene products. i agree we should discuss this, but i wanted to let you know that nmg has talked about this before!
    • That's so great! I was thinking of doing something like that but it's hard to give out to the homeless women during the quarantine.
  • I agree! In a puberty book once it said in Africa and other places girls had to skip school when they had their periods and then they would fall behind. There is this organization that gives period packs to girls in need.
  • You are so right, and you've really opened my eyes. This is an issue I've never really thought about (I haven't had my period). I think it's a great idea to donate period products to those who need it!
    ~Jane
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