On November 22, 2016 the Pima County Board of Supervisors declared December 2016 as “Project Period Month”. Photos below are of the board meeting, where attendees donated $250 cash for this project at the YWCA of Southern Arizona. This project is aimed to assist homeless women with feminine hygiene products, with a goal of collection of 500 boxes of products and $1000. Donations can sent to the YWCA, and dropped off at Walmart-East, Tucson Jewish Community Center, and Pima County, plus online websites (listed below).
Info on this project: http://www.ywcatucson.org/site/c.elLYJiOZKqLcG/b.9352811/k.7A81/Project_Period_Facts.htm
Go Fund Me campaign: https://www.gofundme.com/projectperiodpimacounty
“Tampons and sanitary pads are not a luxury. Without proper supplies, women miss work. Girls miss school. Life for homeless women becomes even harder and less dignified. Access to menstruation-related products is both a health issue and an economic issue. It is in everybody’s best interest that women and girls have what they need to manage their menstrual cycle. But these products are expensive. The average lifetime cost of menstruation-related supplies is nearly $20,000 per woman. The cost is not covered by insurance. You can’t use SNAP (food stamps) to pay for them. In fact, unlike food and other “necessary” items, these products are subject to sales tax. There is a clear need to change public policy to ensure that all women and girls have access to the supplies they need to live dignified, productive lives. In the meantime, there are thousands of women and girls in our community who need our help.”
Photos above and below courtesy of YWCA of Southern Arizona.