Period Poverty

At FIHRI we are committed to doing global good.

Over 500 million menstruators worldwide do not have access to period products each month.

In the United States 1 in 4 menstruating students do not attend school for at least one day when they have their period, often due to a lack of access to menstrual products.

Based on the average cycle length, that would mean several menstruators will miss at least 10 days of school per school year, or two full weeks of lost learning time.

Only 5 states in the United States has passed legislation requiring free products in schools. 

The impact of period poverty is an urgent issue of social, economic, and educational justice. Menstruators face significant barriers to educational and economic access as compared to those who do not menstruate. 

This is an urgent matter of educational inequity.

Help your fellow menstruators! If you state doesn't require free menstrual products in schools contact your state legislator. 

 

Across the globe, progress on period poverty is starting to become an issue central to educational and gender equity. 

In 2018, Scotland became the first country in the world to mandate free menstrual products be made available in schools, colleges and universities. The vote was unanimous — and over 72% of Scottish people surveyed agreed that people should have free access to menstrual products.

Since then, Wales, England, and New Zealand have followed suit in providing free menstrual products in schools. And Ireland is not far behind, with a similar bill currently being debated.

That said, there are still only four countries in the entire world that provide access to what should be a right. Access to free menstrual products is no different than access to free toilet paper — it's essential.

If your country does not currently have legislation to address period poverty, reach out to your elected officials to let them know you want that to change!

Sources

New York

California

Illinois

New Hampshire

Washington

Scotland

England

Wales

New Zealand

Ireland

 

*Period poverty bill is in debate but has yet to be voted on