Menstruation Matters provides free monthly donations to women who otherwise could not afford them. Most of the women we support are BAMER abuse victims living in women’s refuges across Sheffield. We also teach Girlguides about menstruation and period poverty, to break the taboo and enabling them to earn their End Period Poverty badges. We teach women (and men!) how to sew reusable pads to encourage plastic-free-periods and to help our local community be more sustainable and ecofriendly.
Period poverty is a significant public health concern for people who menstruate because they are more likely to get infections, thrush and UTIs from unsanitary menstrual care practices. Menstruation is a normal physiological process and menstrual products are essential not luxuries and lack of access to these products due to financial reasons is a form of social inequity. We know the women we support are suffering severe period poverty because we conducted a research study and found that 73% of them struggled to afford sanitary protection on a monthly basis, 67% changed protection less often due to affordability issues and 62% used unconventional items in their places. 20% of these women reported UTIs or thrush from this practice. This is why Menstruation Matters needs to exist.
There’s lots of ways to get involved with MM!
You could fundraise for us via sporting events or bake sales, you could have a period party and collect menstrual products for us, or maybe you just want to donate some money you’ve raised. Whatever it is we are so grateful for your support! Please get in touch with us if you’d like to get involved in our cause.
Unfortunately applications for trustees and fundraising committee are currently closed but look out for our next AGM in 2020!
Click on the “Donate” link at the top of the page to donate via Paypal!
We also accept bank transfers and our fundraising platform is via Golden Giving.
All donations go towards providing the women we support with free menstrual products. We’re really mindful of supporters generosity and endeavour to make sure that donations go towards combating period poverty.