Free Menstrual Hygiene Products in Restrooms at Auburn University

Free Menstrual Hygiene Products in Restrooms at Auburn University

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PERIOD. @ Auburn, AL The Menstrual Movement started this petition to Auburn University Administration

On any given day, 800 million individuals are menstruating worldwide; 500 million will lack adequate resources to manage their period. Many that are homeless will improvise with paper towels, newspapers, rags, and plastic bags. At shelters, menstruators will not find access to needed menstrual products due to tampon taxes. Incarcerated individuals have to bargain and are often sexually exploited in their attempts to acquire access to menstrual hygiene products. 1 in 5 teenage girls will lack access to menstrual products entirely. Individuals receiving government assistance will not be allowed to purchase menstrual products with this aid and are often prosecuted for their attempts to exchange food for such hygiene products. 1 in 5 will miss school due to period poverty. In addition, there are many students at Auburn that will miss class, work, and other obligations because of period poverty. 'PERIOD works with the fundamental ethic that period rights are human rights. We believe that menstruators-- whether in school, prison, jail, or any public space-- deserve safe and accessible period management products.'

As noted by datausa.io: "21.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Lee County, AL (32.8k out of 153k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 18 - 24, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34."

The ability to support a basic biological need is deemed a luxury (as opposed to a basic human right). We believe that menstruators at Auburn University deserve to be supported: we are asking administration to provide free menstrual hygiene products in the restrooms on campus in which menstruators frequent. 

I am calling on you to sign this petition, share it with your friends, and join the Menstrual Movement to help eradicate period poverty and stigma and support the well-being of all menstruators on our campus.

 

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