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PERIOD POVERTY AWARENESS WEEK

May is Women's Health Month and it's never too early or late to make healthy changes so you look and feel your best. You can take control of your health and help others in your community too! However, in some communities, it's hard to get healthy food, and even harder to get hygiene items such as period products, which are essential to our menstrual health. That is why from May 24th-30th, Atlanta GLOW will be participating in Period Poverty Awareness Week (PPAW).
 

What is Period Poverty?
 
Half of the population menstruates. But not everyone knows that 1 in 4 people struggle to purchase period supplies due to lack of income. This is called period poverty, and chances are we each know someone who has experienced this need -- a neighbor, a coworker, a friend. No student or adult should have to miss work or school, no individual should have to substitute a sock or tissue for a pad, and no person should have to miss out on daily life because they are unable to afford the supplies they need. (Source:
Alliance for Period Supplies)
 

What is Period Poverty Awareness Week?
 
The
Alliance for Period Supplies created Period Poverty Awareness Week (PPAW) to educate on the issue period poverty and the impact period poverty has on menstruators.
 

How is Atlanta GLOW Making a Difference?
 
Through Atlanta GLOW’s ongoing
Period+ program, working in partnership with local campuses, shelters, pantries and community organizations, we distribute thousands of period supplies to low-income women and girls in Georgia. Atlanta GLOW is also a proud member of the Alliance for Period Supplies and the Georgia Stop Tax On Menstrual Products (STOMP) Coalition. Through these collaborations, we are engaged in training, outreach and non-lobbying advocacy work to educate and engage communities about the policies and key decisions affecting menstrual equity and period poverty. 
 

How to Get Involved
 
We encourage everyone to join the
Alliance for Period Supplies' PPAW movement by taking the pledge to help #endperiodpoverty -- start a conversation about period poverty, host a period product drive, donate to the Atlanta GLOW’s Period+ program or a similar program, or do one of many other activities we’ll each be promoting during PPAW, right from the comfort of your home.

 

Essentially, the more awareness activities you participate in this month, the more opportunities you’ll have to help us #endperiodpoverty AND the more chances you will have to win cool PPAW prizes (complete our challenge day activities in any order from May 24th-28th)! We’ll be giving away a $50 Target gift card and a PPAW Swag Bag full of our favorite menstrual and hygiene products on Friday, May 28th, International Menstrual Hygiene Day  (raffle will close on 5/28/21 at 8 pm EST)!

 

Here are all the fun details:

  • May 24th - Challenge Day 1 (Pledge)

    • Sign our online pledge to end the stigma of periods and do more to advance menstrual equity. (PPAW Raffle = 1 Entry)

  • May 25th - Challenge Day 2 (Post)

    • Write our period poverty facts (see page 2) on post-it notes and stick them in public places (e.g., clothing store dressing room) OR reshare Atlanta GLOW‘s PPAW posts online (post and tag us at @atlantaglow for raffle credit). (PPAW Raffle = 1 Entry)

  • May 26th - Challenge Day 3 (Purchase)

  • May 27th - Challenge Day 4 (Plan)

  • May 28th - Challenge Day 5 (Participate)

    • Participate in fighting the stigma by talking about periods everyday.  Purchase and download our Menstrual Equity Conversation Cards ($8) for your next gathering of friends! (PPAW Raffle = 3 Entries)