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Period Poverty and Equity, On Campus and Beyond

Research Team

Dr. Adele Perry
Dr. Lindsay Larios
Dr. Julia Smith
Dr. Pauline Tennent

Collaborator

Heather Stark, Office of Sustainability, University of Manitoba

Staff

Chloe Vickar, Project Coordinator
Bethel Alemaio, Research Assistant
Hannah Belec, Research Assistant
Victoria Romero, Research Assistant

Approximately every four weeks, many women, girls, and some trans and non-binary peoples experience menstruation. This experience of menstruation is an experience of silencing, of taboo, and of stigma. Moreover, the expense and toll of menstruation is expected to be borne solely by the individuals experiencing this biological function.

“Period Poverty and Equity, on Campus and Beyond” utilizes a menstrual justice lens to bring together faculty and staff, with students and organizations, to address period poverty (the increased economic vulnerability resulting from the financial burden posed by the need for menstrual supplies) and promote period equity.

Through this project, we will:

  • Conduct a comprehensive physical audit of all sources of menstrual supplies on University of Manitoba campuses (Fort Garry, Bannatyne, William Norrie Centre);
  • Assess the state of knowledge as it relates menstrual justice in Canada, with an emphasis on period poverty/equity; and
  • Host on-campus events, with one such example being a panel featuring renowned experts on menstrual justice (Dr. Lisa Smith, Coordinator of the Menstrual Cycle Research Group, Douglas College), alongside speakers from our local community.

Menstruation and the experience of menstruation is a site of discrimination, of microaggressions, and of overlapping oppressions. As a result of this project, we will increase period equity across the UManitoba Campuses, contributing to the priorities identified in Our Shared Future namely: as it relates to Post-Covid Planning and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI).

'We need a world where dignity’s restored. No sleepless nights, no worries to be ignored. For every person’s worth, their voice, their right; let’s end period poverty and sleep through the night.' Sleepless by Parinaz Shariatzadeh.
‘We need a world where dignity’s restored. No sleepless nights, no worries to be ignored. For every person’s worth, their voice, their right; let’s end period poverty and sleep through the night.’
Sleepless by Parinaz Shariatzadeh.
University of Manitoba

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