living life yellow.
the ramblings of a 21 year old
A lot of us are are pretty lucky and we don't even know it. Every month when our endometrium decides to shed, we can continue on with our lives because we have array of period products at our fingertips. Getting our period sucks, but we aren't contained to the comfort of our own homes just because we didn't decide to have a baby this month, and let mother nature do her thing.
Unfortunately, this isn't the case for everyone. Period poverty is real.
Ever since I got my period, even before I started getting my period, I never had to worry about not having period supplies. Mum always made sure I had an abundance in my drawers, because "better to have them and not need them than to need them and not have them." I've never really realised how lucky I am for this.
It wasn't until I passed this article on my newsfeed that I even knew it was a thing.
Pretty gross right? Sadly, there was more to this story. Not only were girls forced to use a sock as a pad, but women are being caught shoplifting because that's the only way they can get supplies!
Read the full article here.
Tampons and pads are a luxury. Let's face it, they aren't the cheapest item and believe it or not, we still have to pay tax on these products! I have grown up taking pads and tampons. There has been times where I have even been a "tampon/pad snob" and not wanted to use products unless they were from a certain brand or not used them because they didn't have wings or a certain shape or packaging.
I have not gone to school because of the pain my period has caused me but I have NEVER not gone to school because I did not have access to period supplies. This is the reality for too many women and something has to be done about it!
This is where two amazing wahine come in.
Zama Blossom, and her friend Milinda Higgins saw that period poverty was a huge problem here in New Zealand so they started Pink Packets.
What's Pink Packets I hear you wondering? These bad ass babes make little packets (hence the name) full of period supplies for those in need! They asked their community to donate period products to help make the packets, and fundraise to buy period products and menstrual cups for those in need! Pretty awesome, don't you think!
Too many women aren't able to go to school or work because they are bleeding! Help us end this period poverty and support Pink Packets!
If you're anything like me you are constantly over stocked with period supplies or ever have some still lying around even though you don't get your period anymore due to IUD/the pill. Take your obviously unused, but still packaged pads and tampons to your nearest women's shelter or if you're in New Zealand, hit up Pink Packets. I'm sure some woman will be forever grateful.