"1 in 10 girls around the world can't afford period products"
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What is Period Poverty?
Period Poverty refers to the experience where someone cannot access or afford appropriate period products or education. An experience that far too many people are familiar with, both in Australia and around the world. It's reported that over 800 million women are currently living in period poverty.
Why is it important?
Those experiencing period poverty encounter various physical, mental and social consequences. When menstruators don't have access to period products, their school and work attendance can be affected. They can encounter severe health and reproductive issues by using alternative materials (e.g., old socks, mattress rippings), and shame and embarrassment experienced.
OUR 'PAD IT FORWARD' MODEL
No that's not a typo. By utilising the "Pay It Forward" model, TABOO's period poverty program provides period products to Aussies experiencing, or at risk of period poverty. TABOO has partnered with organisations that support people at risk of period poverty in Australia. These people may be fleeing domestic violent situations, living in poverty or are geographically isolated from affordable period products.
We check in with our partners each month to ensure they are stocked up with pads. This program is completely free for the organisations - funded simply by your subscription on behalf of another person!