Menstrual Equity

Period poverty has its roots in lack of resources, marginalization, racism, sexism, misogyny, resistance to change, and cultural norms. It is essential for everyone to talk about this to reduce period stigma, and increase access to period products for all people who menstruate.

Menstrual health is a matter of human rights.

The Junior League of Reading will continue to focus on equal and comprehensive access to menstrual hygiene products, and to the right to education about reproductive health, which both removes barriers to care and reduces stigma surrounding it. The organization is working to ensure that menstrual products are safe, affordable, and available to all people who menstruate in our area.

Early February,  the Advocacy Committee dropped off over 40 boxes of menstrual products to the Antietam School District, which is still suffering after the catastrophic flooding damage. Brooke Nicoletti, from the Antietam School District, reached out to JLR for period products on 1/29 and on 2/7 the Advocacy Committee was able to complete the request. Senior Administration of the School District immediately reached out in thanks to JLR for their generosity and speed in delivery.

Menstrual products are essential items, and providing them to those in need demonstrates a commitment to supporting the well-being of the community. The quick response and collaboration between the Advocacy Committee and the Antietam School District highlight the importance of community involvement and support in times of crisis.

The Junior League of Reading focuses on equal and comprehensive access to menstrual hygiene products, and to the right to education about reproductive health, which both removes barriers to care and reduces stigma surrounding it. The organization is working to ensure that menstrual products are safe, affordable, and available to all people who menstruate in our area.

Help us end Period Poverty in Berks! DONATE HERE

 

JLR Donates Menstrual Products

The Junior League of Reading focuses on equal and comprehensive access to menstrual hygiene products, and to the right to education about reproductive health, which both removes barriers to care and reduces stigma surrounding it. The organization is working to ensure that menstrual products are safe, affordable, and available to all people who menstruate in our area.

Help us end Period Poverty in Berks! DONATE HERE

 

 

 

 

In September, the Advocacy Committee equitably distributed collected items from the 2022-23 product drive efforts to Governor Mifflin School District, Northeast and Southern Middle Schools in Reading, and the Youth Volunteer Corps Backpack initiative through Voice Up Berks.

In total, 5,949 pads, 3,001 tampons, plus menstrual cups, period underwear, and wipes were delivered. Additionally, 44 menstruation stations assembled during the 2022-23 JLR Young Women’s Summit were delivered for direct placement in the bathrooms.

 

 

Early February the Advocacy Committee dropped off over 40 boxes of menstrual products to the Antietam School District, which is still suffering after the catastrophic flooding damage. Brooke Nicoletti, from the Antietam School District, reached out to JLR for period products on 1/29 and on 2/7 the Advocacy Committee was able to complete the request. Senior Administration of the School District immediately reached out in thanks to JLR for their generosity and speed in delivery.

Menstrual products are essential items, and providing them to those in need demonstrates a commitment to supporting the well-being of the community. The quick response and collaboration between the Advocacy Committee and the Antietam School District highlight the importance of community involvement and support in times of crisis.