Leading the Menstrual Movement
PERIOD celebrates and provides period products to those in need, through advocacy, education, and service. In the last three years, we have addressed over 300,000 periods through 100 nonprofit partners in 50 states and 25 countries, and we have 200 registered campus chapter at universities and high schools across the United States.
Ms. Nadya Teresa Okamoto
Mr. Vincent James Forand
1028 SE Water Ave Suite #50
Portland, OR 97214 USA
Providing Menstrual Hygiene Products to Women in Need
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There is an enormous lack of access to menstrual hygiene products among menstruators in poverty. While many organizations provide food, clothing and temporary housing to the homeless, none provide products needed for homeless menstruators to manage their periods. Few of these menstruators are willing to talk about it. In the United States, even without these harsh taboos, it is still difficult to advocate for menstrual health and supplies. Food and toiletries are easily solicited in school drives and by charitable or service organizations, but asking for menstrual hygiene products causes discomfort and is often avoided throughout the world. Managing menstrual hygiene allows menstruators to feel confident and in control of their health, and is therefore a vital step towards gender equality. In the last two years, our network of over 4,500 volunteer hours have addressed over 300,000 periods through over 100 nonprofit partners in 33 different states and 25 different countries.
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PERIOD Pack Program
This program is the distribution of menstrual hygiene products to those in need across the Portland Area and abroad. Each care package contains enough products to last one woman for one month. They contain 8 tampons, 5 pads and 5 pantiliners. Every care package costs under $2.
PERIOD. Cup & Cloth Program
Committed to destigmatizing menstruation by providing menstrual health education and sustainable menstrual products to those in need, and promoting conversation among people everywhere. We recognize that not all people who have periods identify as women, and not all people who identify as women have periods. For this reason, you may hear the word menstruator used.
PERIOD. Policy Program
Having a period is a natural, bodily function, so why do we feel the need to whisper about it? Menstruation should not be taboo. Instead, we should celebrate our periods and empower others to speak out about it. The silence surrounding menstruation has resulted in a financial misogyny in which menstrual products are charged - a price that individuals below the poverty line cannot afford. These necessities should be offered freely, just as toilet paper is in all public facilities. What can you do? Advocate for free menstrual products in all school restrooms. Why? So many students feel unable to take proper care of themselves in the short time they have between class periods, while few even report missing school altogether out of fear of improper menstrual management. When something as natural and common as having a period begins to affect education, we have a serious problem. If we can take action at our school, then we can break barriers and go even further to the city level, then the state level, then the federal level. It all starts with you.
K-12 (5-19 years)
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PERIOD. The Menstrual Movement is a youth-run global nonprofit that provides and celebrate period products. We focus on advocacy, education, and service. We aim to break the stigma surrounding the topic of menstrual hygiene by starting conversations and engaging audiences through various campaigns (and classes). We also strive to make menstrual hygiene more accessible for all women and girls, regardless of their backgrounds, so that they can discover and reach their full potential. Right now, periods are the number one reason why girls miss school in developing countries, and menstruation is the significant event that leads to girls getting married, dropping out of school, being socially isolated, or undergoing practices like female genital mutilation.
We accomplish our goals and make an impact through two major ways: the global distribution of menstrual hygiene products to a network of nonprofit partners, and the engagement of youth leadership through a nationwide network of campus chapters at universities and high schools. We also engage audiences in a number of advocacy and education initiatives. We have launched campaigns raising awareness about the luxury tampon tax in states in the United States, and recently launched our multimedia series, Period Stories, which highlights the stories of women from diverse (and often adverse) backgrounds. We also bring it to the attention of larger brands and companies (manufacturers of menstrual hygiene products) that menstrual hygiene for ALL women is something that needs to be prioritized, and we partner with these brands for charitable giving through our distribution networks.
PERIOD. is run by a Youth Executive Team, and in conjunction with a Board of Directors that provides mentorship to our young leaders, has the capabilities to spur development and make our impact in the menstrual hygiene movement. In expanding our platform and continuing to grow our audience (supporter and volunteer base), we continue to strengthen our capabilities of making social change through the power of conversation and advocacy.
We are able to tell if we are making progress by tracking the growth of our chapter network and our distribution numbers. Tracking our distribution numbers also includes identifying the number of nonprofit partners and company sponsors that are working with, and what our geographical reach with those relationships are. We also track the number of volunteers that we have in our organization, and the extent of our social media following.
We have addressed over 300,000 periods, established over 200+ campus chapters, have formed 100+ nonprofit partners, and engaged over 4,500 volunteers. What we have not accomplished yet, which we hope to do in the future, is contribute to enacting systemic social change through getting young leaders involved with pushing policy change to support menstrual hygiene for women and girls in need. We are also hoping to expand our chapter network so that we have a distributing chapter in every state in the United States, that way we have PERIOD. services reaching all areas of our country as best we can.
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as of 7/13/2018
Mrs. Heather Hardy
Term: 2016 - 2018
University of Portland
Portland State University
Social Venture Partners
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