Globally, 500 million people struggle to manage their periods

Menstruation is natural. But it’s surrounded by stigma, causing people to feel shame and be excluded. Eighty-three per cent of young Canadians who menstruate have tried to hide the fact that they were on their periods2. In many regions of the world, menstruators face exclusion during their periods. In Nepal, nearly all menstruators stayed away from religious work and temples3. And in parts of India and Ethiopia many are exiled from their home4.

The problem doesn’t end there. Pads and tampons are unaffordable for millions of people.

In the US, nearly one-quarter of students struggle to afford period products5. Instead, many resort to things like socks, clothing, and newspapers. This puts them at risk of life-threatening health problems. Even if you can afford adequate products, some menstruators don’t have access to safe and private facilities to change their pads or tampons. In Kenya, only 32% of rural schools have a private place to change pads or tampons6.

These statistics are alarming. No one should be ashamed of their period. It shouldn’t be an economic burden. And it certainly shouldn’t be life-threatening.


To put an end to this injustice we must increase period equity. Paving the way are charities that are increasing access to menstruation products, creating safe and private hygiene facilities, advocating on behalf of those with periods, and providing health education.

People are beginning to speak openly about periods, and removing barriers to affordable (and sometimes free) menstruation products. We need your help to keep the momentum going. Join us!


Help create an equitable world and donate to the Period Equity Fund today.

Your support will help ensure no one is ever excluded from activities or feels anxious about their periods. It will also increase access to menstruation products, meaning people won’t have to choose between food or pads.

Join us in the fight to end period poverty. No one should ever be held back and left behind. Give today!


The Period Equity Fund includes 12 registered Canadian charities that are addressing period poverty nationally and internationally. We regularly update the list of charities in the Period Equity Relief Fund. To see the latest list of charities included in the Fund, please download the list here.

*Period Equity offer valid for donations of a minimum of $3 made to the Period Equity Fund beginning Monday, September 18th, 2023, 12:01am EDT and ending on Friday, October 13th, 2023, at 11:59pm PDT. Offer is for one period product per dollar donated, up to 20,000 period products. Donors will receive a tax receipt for the value of their monetary donation through CanadaHelps. Offer is only valid on one-time donations made to the Period Equity Fund, and does not include donations made to individual charities, charity campaigns, the donation of securities, P2P or third-party events, API donations, new or existing monthly donations, and the purchase or redemption of Charity Gift Cards. While supplies last. Unite for Change/CanadaHelps reserves the right to end the promotion at any time.

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