What's up with periods?
Throughout history, menstruation has been the center of gender-based discrimination. From religious texts to codified laws, the stigma surrounding periods has led to a long-standing form of oppression that we in the present. How we see discrimination related to periods varies from place to place and culture to culture, but it's nonetheless an issue that needs to be discussed!
For more information about menstrual stigma and period poverty, check out the content on our Instagram @OptForAction. If you would like to do your own research, check out our reading list!
The Webinar and Q&A
Join us on January 27th, 2022 at 7:30 EST for a round-table conversation about issues surrounding menstrual oppression!
You will hear about the issues and advocacy from three different organizations fighting for gender equity, as well as be able to ask questions and provide your own insights during Q&A.
Chapter Period Projects
Across the globe, our chapters are engaging with menstrual-related issues within their communities!
For example, OFA BASIS held a discussion to spread education and awareness about women's issues. We are also planning a service initiative with Days For Girls to sew reusable pads for girls without access to feminine hygiene products.
Along with OFA BASIS, OFA Puerto Rico organized for free feminine hygiene products to be placed in all-female restrooms at Saint John’s School. They also are coordinating with other schools in Puerto Rico to do the same. Currently, they are in contact with female incarceration facilities to provide them with tampons from a drive they are hosting at Saint John’s School in February.
OFA Ventura Country is also planning a period product drive as well as a period party in order to produce menstrual hygiene products for local populations in need. They have been holding discussions on period poverty both in the United States and around the world in order to spread awareness of the issue.