Ending Period Poverty at UCLA

Ending Period Poverty at UCLA

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Sara Gibson started this petition to ucla students and

UCLA Students are able to go into the Ashe Center on campus and get unlimited condoms, but cannot do the same with menstrual products. People who menstruate are limited to one tampon or menstrual product (and that is assuming they clear UCLA's symptom monitoring and are allowed to enter the Ashe Center). This is not nearly enough - people usually use far more than one of these products a day while menstruating. The current system at Ashe disadvantages students who cannot afford menstrual products and further perpetuates a vicious cycle of period poverty. We are looking to change that and you can help. We are calling for an administrative change making menstrual products free and unlimited to all UCLA students. 


Why does this issue matter? According to the American Medical Women’s Association, period poverty is defined as, “inadequate access to menstrual hygiene tools and education, including but not limited to sanitary products, washing facilities (showers) and waste management (disposal).” Some may assume period poverty does not affect college students. However, 1 in 10 college students struggle to afford panty liners, pads, tampons, and other menstrual hygiene supplies, as found in a BMC Women’s Health Journal Study.


Cost is often cited as a factor when considering providing widespread access to these products. Free the Tampon, an advocacy group focused on getting period products in state budgets, estimates it costs $5-7 per year per student to supply period products. Moreover, minor adjustments in the budget can help UCLA provide adequate resources. 

 

We are calling on Ashe to provide students with unlimited menstrual products, which are medical necessities, just as they have done for condoms. Additionally, we are calling for menstrual products to also be accessible in all residential halls, classroom buildings, and libraries at UCLA. Every signature on this petition is one more voice advocating for free menstrual products for UCLA students.

*Please use your ucla.edu email address to register if you are a student to help us show administrators students care about this issue*

WHO ARE WE? 

IGNITE at UCLA is a women’s advocacy and leadership organization. We seek to empower women entering professional fields and encourage them to run for office. If you have any questions, comments or concerns please reach out to ignite.bruins.ucla@gmail.com. 

 

 

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