Calling on the City of Toronto to Adequately Fund and Provide Menstrual Hygiene Products in City Shelters, Drop-ins and Respites

 

Conversations about menstruation are usually kept behind closed doors. This creates a stigma that makes it challenging to ensure that menstrual hygiene supplies are available to those who are unable to afford them. It is a constant struggle for menstruators living in poverty to gain access to clean, safe supplies.  The time has come to have a public conversation about menstrual hygiene, equity and the role that the City of Toronto must play in making supplies freely available at all City-administered shelters, drop-in, and respite centres.

Join us on February 22, 2019 at 9:00am at Toronto City Hall, as we hear stories about the challenges that menstruating people in poverty are facing; what is being done right now to meet the need; and how we can move forward to address this issue comprehensively, going forward.

What: Press Event on Menstrual Equity
When: Friday, February 22, 2019 at 9:00am
Where: Committee Room 4, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West

This event will bring together leading menstrual equity advocates, shelter service providers, and supporters to have a frank conversation about the challenges they see, and how the City budget process can work to help those in need.

Participants include:
The Period Purse
Progress Toronto
Kennedy Youth Shelter
Windermere United Church
Fred Victor
Carol-Ann Granatstein
Sistering
Toronto Shelter Network
Toronto Drop-in Network

Service providers have made it clear that their need for menstrual hygiene supplies is great, and that they have turned to charitable donations to make up for the City's financial shortfall.  This is borne out in the briefing note, which identifies that the majority of service providers use donated menstrual hygiene supplies in their facilities.   The City-funded Program Supplies budget, intended to cover these costs, is simply insufficient.

On March 7, City Council will vote on the City’s budget for 2019.  As the City moves toward placing a gender equity lens on City services, it is imperative that menstrual equity be included in budget considerations.

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