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_Tampon (Not Fat) Tuesday!

Tuesday, February 25, 2020





Yes, you read that correctly, and no, I haven't lost my mind!

Today I became aware of a local need to which I hadn't previously given much thought. Here's the article that jiggled me out of my complacency and privilege:

Tampon Tuesday Aims to Increase Access to Feminine Hygiene Products Province-wide
www.cbc.ca/news/c
anada/newfoundland-labrado
r/tampon-tuesday-donations
-1.5475964


Apparently and unsurprisingly "period poverty" is an issue world-wide. I had always been aware that access to adequate, affordable and safe feminine hygiene products was an issue in third world countries, but I had never considered that it might be an issue in my own back yard. As I dug around a bit, I've come to realize that there are women everywhere fighting against "period poverty."





Here's the Tampon Tuesday story in Canada:
www.tampontuesday.com/ou
r-story/


"In an effort to support the annual Spring Food Drive, CTV London toured the London Food Bank in March, 2009. CTV London’s Community Relations Coordinator Mandi Fields noticed that there were no feminine hygiene products in the non-food item cupboard. Jane Roy, Executive Director of the London Food Bank explained that people simply do not think to donate them.

The next month, CTV London created “TAMPON TUESDAY”.

Six women attended the first Tampon Tuesday event on April 7, 2009 – they donated one package of feminine hygiene products, enjoyed free food courtesy of Jack Astor’s and discovered an interesting new way to network their business. Due to the response we have been meeting ever since!

TO DATE, OVER 330,000 BOXES OF PRODUCT HAVE BEEN DONATED."


...An admirable effort, yet when you think of all of the women in the world requiring feminine hygiene products (more than 800 MILLION women menstruate daily!), it's obvious that we need to do so much MORE!



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Period Poverty: Everything You Need to Know
www.globalcitizen
.org/en/content/period-pov
erty-everything-you-need-to-know/





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01/18/how-the-uk-is-contin
uing-its-fight-against-per
iod-poverty/



Around the World in 28 Periods
www.womenshealthm
ag.com/life/a19974024/peri
ods-around-the-world/




Here's the story of one *MAN* who went above and beyond the call:

The Indian sanitary pad revolutionary
www.bbc.com/news/
magazine-26260978









Can we really do less?

Tampon Tuesday events will be held across Canada (and I'm pretty certain your own country) on March 10, 2020 in honour of International Women's Day (March 8th).

In the spirit of Lent and alms-giving (and solidarity with women around the world), My Divine Miss O and I will be in attendance with as many boxes of tampons and pads that we can inspire our friends and family to donate.

How about you?

Might you be able to extend the hand of sisterhood to girls and women in your own community? Google 'Tampon Tuesday' in your area, or simply drop off a donation to your local food bank, homeless shelter, or middle/high schools.












Regardless of how we journey these next 40 days we will, each of us, meet...

...at the foot of the cross...
...outside the tomb praying with hope and a faith that will never left us orphaned to grief...
...in the Upper Room trembling with unspeakable fear...
...on the road to Emmaus feeling lost...
...perhaps even returning to the desert again and again to retrace our steps...

And, whatever is coming our way, I believe we will make it to the other side, together.

All of you will be in my prayers (so many of you are also struggling with challenges only prayer and faith can overcome)... and I pray your Via Dolorosa is blessed... that you arise to new life in whatever way you need it this next Easter Sunday morning! Throughout this Lenten season may the joy and victory of the risen Lord be yours, moment by moment, in a very personal way... may you always be overwhelmed by the grace of God, rather than by the cares of life!

May God abundantly bless you, and those you love, in every way that you require. May he hold you gently in the palm of his hand in a very personal way, and may you rest in the fullness of his love, his grace, his strength, his wisdom, his rescue, his redemption, his healing, his inspiration, his restoration and his mercy as you require it! May you carry in your heart always an extra special awareness of God's great love for you; and as you rise to new life with our Lord and Savior, may you feel his sweet and gentle touch upon your life, and may you see his miracles all around you. I pray in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen!

Love,
Ramona



BREAKING NEWS!



www.mic.com/p/sco
tland-voted-to-make-tampon
s-pads-free-for-everyone-22582119





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  • LOSEDAPOUNDS
    Important post. Thank you for raising my awareness!
    22 days ago
  • -POOKIE-
    When my daughters nursery did a donation drive during our extreme cold Winter for a local homeless charity, I donated a huge bag full of pads (and toothpaste and brushes!). It's easily over looked.

    I signed a campaign for the British Government to provide in schools. It got enough signatures to have to be debated, and the outcome was "We fund schools enough, they may find money within their own budgets if they wish." HA HA... so funny.

    Meanwhile in Scotland it was debated and they funded to provide, horrified that this was affecting their children, the future!.
    31 days ago
  • STILLSPARKLEIGH
    Oh MY.....I just wept at the BEAUTY of this blog.....I was made aware of this recently, and have bought "supplies" for a very deserving shelter for abused women. I cannot wait to take my gift....the director there is so grateful for people like you who are getting the message out! Your beautiful soul shined so BRIGHTLY at the end of your blog too.....I feel like emoticon is not enough.....
    31 days ago
  • TIZSLIM
    Period Poverty has long been a concern of mine - not on a personal level thankfully but on societal level. Some 35 years ago I was the Office and Sales Manger in a wholesale health food company that was situated miles from any local shops. I used to keep a selection of sanitary products in a draw that my female staff could help themselves to. Leading on from that I became incensed that we women had to pay VAT on such products. VAT being considered back in the day as a tax on luxury goods. Tampons/sanitary towels are luxury items? Really - who knew? Eventually I became more and more aware of the issue on a wider scale.

    Thank you for this blog Ramona, you've jogged my memory to donate some sanitary products and food to a local foodbank. As an added bonus, I'm counting my blessings that after a hard few years, I'm finally in a position to be able to contribute in such away - so that's a double blessing thanks to you.
    31 days ago
  • PELESJEWEL
    emoticon You are an amazing light force. Thank you for this blog! I will bring this info to my Pilates studio and raise awareness among my peers, and organize our own little Tampon Tuesday! emoticon
    32 days ago
  • WATERMELLEN
    Such an important issue.

    I believe that there are a number of school boards where free menstrual supplies are provided in the washrooms, just like toilet paper and hand soap. Makes sense.
    32 days ago
  • ALEXSGIRL1
    ramona her in usa in my city hartford women are meeting with legislatures to get tampons and other products free in high school. so important, Hugs
    32 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    My dear Ramona, you have certainly brought an issue to the forefront that I am embarrassed to admit, I hadn't thought of. I am going to mention this @ church and see what we as a group/church family can do about this situation.

    Thank you.

    And hope you and the Divine Miss O are doing well!

    HUGS and love
    32 days ago
  • AJDOVER1
    Thanks for spreading the word about this! My workplace donates regularly to a local interfaith pantry and feminine products are always on the list of critically-needed products
    33 days ago
  • DMILLER33
    Thank you! I am embarrassed to say I hadn't even thought of that being an issue. Food and clothes yes but never fem products.
    33 days ago
  • NELLJONES
    Another joy of menopause!
    33 days ago
  • MOLLIEMAC
    All schools here in Nova Scotia and now most public spaces such as arenas , libraries, homeless shelters and civic buildings now offer free menstrual products and I read on BBC News last night that the Scottish government is set to pass legislation making all such products tax free. Still much more to be done and definitely those who are disadvantaged in our communities have to deal with this issue all the time. If you support a local food bank or outreach organization may I suggest giving money rather than products as they are aware of the particular needs of their clients and will be able to buy accordingly.
    We have several pharmacies here that have now started handing out free products to those who need them, wouldn't it be a boost if large chains like Shoppers did the same?! Double bonus would be free condoms as well, the need for protected sex is vital as cases of HIV and STDs rise yet again.
    Great blog Ramona!
    33 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/26/2020 7:12:10 AM
  • BERRY4
    I wonder where @JUSTME29 got that info. Every school office that I have been in, has those available to any student/person asking, needing, etc. It doesn't have to come from a nurse! -- (I find it far more disconcerting that condoms are handed out in schools!!!!!!)

    I have made feminine products a semi-regular purchase when picking up items for the local shelters. (And I believe pads are preferred. All can use those; not everyone wants to use a tampon.) -- A lot of times, I have found a listing of items needed. Socks & underwear are always on the list as well.

    It is too easy to take things for granted! Not everyone has access to shelter, clean undergarments, and personal hygiene products.
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    33 days ago
  • JUSTME29
    What a great idea! Like you I am aware of the issue in third world countries, but have given very little thought to they same problem in my town. I will definitely start adding a few boxes of period supplies when I make food and other donations in the future.

    One caution - you suggested schools as a recipient of your readers' generosity. They might check first. Some school nurses are not allowed to hand out sanitary pads or tampons (I have no idea why, I just know at one point our school nurse donated her stash to the staff b/c she was no longer allowed to hand them out to students).
    33 days ago
  • DAIZYSTARLITE
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    33 days ago
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