As bloggers, we’re always celebrating silly and fun “national holidays” like National Donut Day or Batman Day with fun Instagram posts and themed round ups on our blogs.
More important holidays often go ignored, though.
Case in point: Menstrual Hygiene Day on May 28th. While it didn’t come with photo ops like posing with pastry-shaped pool floaties, MH Day has a bigger mission and one that can actually make a change for the better.
Every year on Menstrual Hygiene Day people come together to raise awareness of the challenges women and girls worldwide face due to their menstruation and highlights solutions that address these challenges
As many of you may know, I’m a part of Tampax’s fEmpower network and it’s the most fulfilling role I’ve been able to take on as a blogger. This year on MH Day, I was able to team up with my Tampax Family and donate 40,000 tampons to Between Friends Chicago, a nonprofit agency dedicated to breaking the cycle of domestic violence and building a community free of abuse.
To you and I, our periods might be an inconvenience. An annoying reminder that we need to pick up another box on the way home. But that’s about the extent of it.
For others? Their periods are catastrophic.
Imagine not having easy access to the feminine hygiene materials that we take for granted. Think about how difficult it would be getting through your period without the proper feminine care products.
Personally? I can’t even fathom it.
But that’s the reality for women all over the world and especially for women and girls escaping the cycle of abuse. Molly from Between Friends said, “Many of our women go without the products they need for a variety of reasons. […] it is often because they have to leave home in a hurry and may not have time to pack basic necessities. Having access to their own hygiene products helps offer comfort during an unstable and scary time. With support from thoughtful companies like Tampax and Mostly Morgan, Between Friends offers hope and light to those affected by domestic violence.”
I was thrilled when Molly went on to mention not only would the donation go to benefit Between Friends, but several boxes were shared with their partner school, too.
“This photo shows staff preparing to take a few boxes of Tampax to our school partner, Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Center, to have available for students in need. We provide individual and group counseling at Von Steuben as well as our 8 week teen dating violence prevention and education curriculum, Relationship Education: A Choice for Hope (REACH).”
When you think about the gravity of the situation some women go through, it’s easy to feel like you’re just one person, and there is nothing you can do to make an impact. While no single person is going to eradicate the problem completely, there are steps you can take to make a difference:
- Pick up an extra box of tampons to take to your local shelter next time you’re stocking up for yourself.
- Support brands like Tampax who empower women to empower women. This Menstrual Health day they teamed up with 20 women to donate a million tampons to women in need.
- Contact your local high school and see if there are girls in need you can make an anonymous donation to.
- Carry extra tampons in your purse. You never know when you’re going to run into someone who really needs one.
This is a sponsored post, I am a member of the fEMPOWER Network and a Tampax Ambassador