DONATE MENSTRUAL PRODUCTS
A survey done in 2019 by Missouri found that 88 percent of women reported leaking blood onto their clothes, their bedding, or the floor, and 80 percent used homemade tampons, whether made from clothing or the free pads. Incarcerated women without adequate access to menstrual products craft improvised pads and tampons with socks, mattress stuffing, and toilet paper.
In a Michigan jail, because laundry day occurred once a week, they were forced to re-wear bloody clothes for up to a full week. Prison staff forced those in their care to compete for limited menstrual products, in one case ordering 30 women to share a pack of 12 pads. This behavior was cruel and senseless — except as a method of humiliation and control. (ACLU)
Denying imprisoned women their needs for menstrual products oppresses women’s rights. Women’s specific health needs are not met and acknowledged. From toxic shock and infection to infertility, it is a game of Russian roulette and not a price that anyone should have to pay.
WHAT CAN WE DO?
We are currently partnered with HERDRIVE to donate menstrual products: the link to donate through their website is here. Otherwise, if you are an individual in our organization, and not part of a local chapter, the greatest impact you can have is by donating as much as you can: a little goes a long way to help women in need. Refer to the links below to purchase products and donate to our go fund me! ALL of our proceeds will be going to address menstrual inequity in our partnered prisons.