You may have noticed that there has been some national conversations lately around the topic of period poverty in our society. The team leading this topic are Onehunga-based The Period Place.
Based in Thinkspace Onehunga, Danika and Sarah, the small team of two, are working towards reducing the shame of menstruation and the associated cost.
They have recently met with the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter to discuss solutions and have been awarded a Maungakiekie-Tāmaki Local Board grant for education.
For many many kids in Aotearoa New Zealand, they can't go to school because their whānau can't afford to buy them period products, and many adults (esp those in minimum wage jobs, in retail and service based industries) miss out on work because they also can't afford period products.
Missing out on life because you or your whānau can't afford period products isn't fair, and it's a problem that time and money can fix. Period inequity (period poverty) affects every single community in this country. Many communities and individuals have the ability to access period products, but they are lacking in education around those products, and about their own bodies, because they are not learning the basics properly at home, or at school.
The Period Place has a 10 year plan to eliminate period poverty by 2030 in Aotearoa New Zealand. More information about this will be released on the 19th August.
If you would like to support this great charity then feel free to email Danika to discuss options.