The issue of period poverty is super wicked – that is, it’s really complex, involves a lot of different parts of society and is home to deeply held and varied views.
To solve such a massive issue there are already a large amount of initiatives in this space all working together to increase access and affordability to sanitary items.
Where can I donate?
Here’s a non-exhaustive list of how you can donate and get involved.
In July 2018, Countdown announced a move to drop the price of their budget sanitary items by 48%. Read our opinion on the move.
Your purchase subsidises a Wā Cup for someone in need, preventing period poverty from affecting education in NZ - super cool and great for the planet.
Our initiative is a buy one, give one sanitary items in the workplace model. Organisations like ANZ and Cigna purchase a subscription from us, giving their female employees free access to sanitary items – we then match equivalent number of boxes to away to female students in high schools across New Zealand.
We are always interested in more businesses coming onboard to support our movement to make sanitary items in the workplace the norm and supporting
those in schools to have access to these items when they need.
Join the Positive periods campaign!
Write to the Health and Education Minister to support free sanitary items in all schools. There are currently 20+ initiatives across New Zealand fighting period poverty and as a country of 4.5 million people we can get this right.
Ultimately what we want is for no student to ever be caught short, feel embarrassed or not have the financial means of access to period products, period.
We want is for every young person to have a positive and dignified experience with their period, regardless of the decile of the school that you attend.
If you agree with this join the campaign at positiveperiods.co.nz.