When people have to choose between buying the menstrual products they need or paying for other necessities like food, medication and transportation, they are facing period poverty.
Period poverty affects the lives of women, children, transgender men and non-binary identities. Without access to appropriate menstrual products, people might not feel comfortable leaving their home which means they are missing out on work or school. Or they may use cheaper products like toilet paper that are not appropriate and can cause health concerns.
Making menstrual products available free of charge in bathrooms throughout the city is one small way to help alleviate the stress and burden of poverty.
Tampon Tuesday is a menstrual product collection effort that happens all over the country. In Halifax, it’s presented by United Way Halifax, NSGEU and Halifax Public Libraries. In 2019, with your help we collected 51,000 menstrual products and distributed them to 15 community organizations. Together we can continue to grow Tampon Tuesday here in Halifax, collect even more menstrual products and raise the awareness of period poverty.
2020 UPDATE: To ensure the safety of our staff and community partners, we have made the difficult decision to postpone this year's Tampon Tuesday efforts. We anticipate that we will reschedule Tampon Tuesday later this year and we will announce it publicly when we’re able to confirm a date. Any products that have already been collected will distributed to community organizations at a later date. Thank you for your understanding.