On March 6, a record 27 communities from across the country took part in Tampon Tuesday. Participating communities, backed by local United Ways and Centraides (UWCs) and the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), helped to raise awareness for the unique challenge women living in poverty face in accessing menstrual hygiene products.

Tampon Tuesday events engage communities in the conversation about women’s health and dignity, and try to address the problem directly by collecting menstrual hygiene products for distribution to local agencies serving women and girls. The events help restock shelves with these expensive and seldom-donated items.

Nine years ago, Mandi Fields started Tampon Tuesday to help meet the need in her community. Since collaborating with UWCs and the CLC the event has grown into a national movement with 17 events in 2017, and 27 in 2018.

“Poverty is notorious for being aligned with shame and watching this movement of people all across Canada put efforts towards a gritty subject to help take the shame away and provide a necessary item is incredible,” said Fields. “At the first Tampon Tuesday we had six people and two of them were related to me, so to see this growth of compassion and community across the country in the caring and gentle hands of the United Way and The Canadian Labour Congress is an unspeakable gift”.

Tampon Tuesday also received national media attention with United Way Centraide Canada CEO Jacline Nyman visiting CTV’s Your Morning to discuss the event.

A final tally of the donated product across Tampon Tuesday in 2018 is not available at this time.

We invite all UWCs to join us in hosting a Tampon Tuesday event next year on March 5, 2019— the 10-year anniversary of the event.

For more information, please contact: Sharon Lupton, National Director, Labour Programs and Services at slupton@unitedway.ca or 1-800-267-8221 x2218.

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