World Menstrual Hygiene Day takes place on May 28, and in honour of that day, the Winnipeg Labour Council and United Way Winnipeg Labour Program launched their Period Power menstrual product drive for the month of May!
For those experiencing poverty, the cost of hygiene products, which can amount to thousands of dollars, can be a tremendous barrier and potentially means missing school or work. Period poverty is a sad reality for far too many in our city.
This year, the Winnipeg Labour Council and United Way Winnipeg will be collecting donations of new, unopened menstrual products, such as pads, tampons, and cups, throughout May and they are encouraging all interested union members to run a collection drive at their workplace or their Local/Worksite. Items can be dropped off at the following locations:
United Way Winnipeg
580 Main Street
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Free parking is available in the parking lot behind United Way Winnipeg)
Winnipeg Labour Council
404-275 Broadway (Union Centre)
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Those MNU members who live in rural/northern communities or those even in Winnipeg that prefer to make a monetary donation to the Period Power campaign can do so at this link.
For Locals and Worksites that would like to donate via cheque, they can be written out to United Way Winnipeg and sent by mail to:
580 Main Street
Last year, unions in Manitoba helped contribute over 18,000 menstrual products back to our community through this drive. This year, organizers are hoping unions will band together to make this collection drive a success once again and help put an end to period poverty in our community.