VICTORIA, BC: The voices of British Columbians who have experienced period poverty are highlighted in the United Way Period Promise Research Project Final Report released Wednesday, March 10, 2021.
“People should not have to face making the choice between buying menstrual products or food,” said Nicholas Simons, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction. “I thank the United Way of the Lower Mainland for its valuable work on this report, which will help us shape our approach to ending period poverty.”
The Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction provided $107,000 to the United Way of the Lower Mainland to conduct the Period Promise Research Project. Free menstrual products were distributed to 12 non-profit agencies throughout the province to provide to clients. The agencies reported back on the results of the project and, where possible, clients were asked for feedback on their experience with period poverty. Research was also conducted through a public online survey.
The final report highlights how the lack of access to menstrual products has a negative effect on people’s daily activities and participation in their community. It also focuses on the stigma around periods and menstrual products, and how that stigma is an added barrier to access. These impacts are magnified for Indigenous individuals and people living with disabilities.
The United Way’s report provides four recommendations and suggests avenues of further research on how to better address period poverty.
The findings and recommendations in the report will assist government as work on TogetherBC, the Province’s first poverty reduction strategy, continues to find ways to make life more affordable for all British Columbians.
Written and released by BC Government