MAYstruation is a month-long event building up to World Menstrual Health Day on May 28th. This year Days for Girls Canada hopes to inspire people everywhere to start the conversation about period poverty, menstrual equity, and menstrual health education. During the month of May, please paint your thumbnails red, make your own MYcycle, spread awareness, and donate to Days for Girls Canada to show your support. Help us shatter the stigma of menstruation as we provide sustainable menstrual supplies to menstruators worldwide, including right here in Canada!
The MAYstruation Rulebook:
1. Find your favourite shade of red and paint your thumbnails!
2. Post a picture to social media of yourself making the “MYcycle” with your hands. Don’t forget to show off those red nails!
3. Make sure you’re taking full advantage of your platform by copying and pasting the following hashtags into every post: #MAYstruation #EveryGirlEverywherePeriod #DaysforGirls #MHD2021 #EndPeriodPoverty
4. Tag at least three friends and challenge them to post a picture of their MYcycle!
For every $15.00 you donate, you can sponsor a DfG Menstrual Kit that will provide menstrual health for one person for three years.
Days for Girls Kamloops partnered with the United Way in their Period Promise program which is aimed at alleviating period poverty right here in Canada by providing women and girls with an environmentally sustainable alternative to disposables.
Businesses in Kamloops donated money and disposable products to the United Way as a means of supporting this important project. Period Promise is linked to the Tampon Tuesday project also spearheaded by the United Way.
When Days for Girls Kamloops was asked to participate “we jumped at the chance” said co-leader Trudi Backman. “This was the perfect way to support our local community with a product we usually send abroad” she said.
Roberta Kjelson, also a member of the Kamloops Team, explained that there are three reasons why women like to use washable kits. First, it cuts costs considerably. These DfG kits, offered free of charge to anyone who needs them, allows women and girls to allocate monies they would otherwise have to spend on disposables, to other family expenses. Secondly, the DfG kits are good for the environment. “We all know the high social and environmental cost of disposing of millions of pads and tampons in our waste facilities,” said Kjelson.
The third reason for the success of the DfG kits, is that some women are allergic to disposable products and find these kits so much more comfortable and hygienic.
DfG Kamloops is delighted to partner with the United Way on this wonderful project and to be such a good part of the solution for so many women, girls, and anyone who menstruates.
After all, Days for Girls is all about reaching Every Girl. Everywhere. Period.