United Way's Period Promise

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Making change for everybody

There’s often silence around periods and how hard it is to access products that help us live with the dignity that we all deserve. That’s why we believe in making incredibly important systemic change as easy as possible. One way of doing that is by increasing access to free menstrual products at community organizations.  

Another way is to tampons and pads available, for free, in public washrooms throughout our communities - just like toilet paper. And because we know that people who menstruate and people who care for menstruators use all washrooms, we are asking organizations to commit to free product that is accessible to people of all genders. 

We’ve been working on making that possible for years now, and we’ve had an impact by being part of the push to get free products into public schools across BC and working with municipalities to get free product into public washrooms, like RichmondVictoriaValemount and many others 
 
With United Way’s Period Promise Policy Agreement, any organization, of any shape or size, can be part of the solution – and the list of signatories below proves it!But if you're a local business owner, union or community leader, we need your support to get the word out there. 
 
Wondering where to start? Curious about costs? We’ve done the research. Our Period Promise Policy Agreement provides the framework you need to show your leadership.Contact usnow to learn more. 

Let’s work together to eradicate period poverty.   

Make your Period Promise today.  

Period Promise Policy Agreement Signatories

The following organizations have committed to providing free and accessible products in their workplace or office: 

AIDS Vancouver
Aisle
BC Building Trades
BC Federation of Labour 
BC Federation of Students 
BC Government and Services Employees Union (BCGEU) 
BC Infrastructure Benefits
BC NDP Caucus
Canadian Labour Congress, Pacific Region 
City of Victoria
Community Savings Credit Union 
CUPE BC 
Douglas College Students’ Union 
Earnscliffe Strategy Group 
Health Science Association of British Columbia (HSA BC) 
Hospital Employees' Union (HEU) 
Houle Electric
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District 250 
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 213
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 993
International Longshore & Warehouse Union Local 500 (ILWU Local 500) 
International Longshore & Warehouse Union of Canada (ILWU Canada) 
Kiwassa Neighbourhood House 
March On, Vancouver! 
MoveUP 
New Westminster Schools, School District 40 
New Westminster and District Labour Council 

Pacific Blue Cross 
Positive Living BC 
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Prince George 
Rethink Vancouver
Thompson Rivers University
United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1518 (UFCW 1518) 
United Way British Columbia
Vancity 
Vancouver Community College Students’ Union 
Vancouver Island University Students’ Union 
Western Joint Electrical Training Society

It has an impact

"As the presenting sponsor we want to use our voice — and the voices of other organizations that have also made a Period Promise to provide free and accessible products in our workplaces — to help remove the physical and mental stigma around menstruation," says Rob Chiarello, the Senior Vice President of People and Culture at Pacific Blue Cross. "Helping people live with the dignity they deserve creates healthier, more caring, and more inclusive communities."  

About 5 years ago, I worked in a male-led office in downtown Vancouver.  To my surprise, tampons were fully stocked in the washrooms. This made me feel so safe,” said one participant in our Period Promise Research Project. “I didn’t have to worry about obviously bringing my purse to the washroom during work, carrying a tampon up my sleeve, or using a makeshift toilet paper pad in the case I forgot one, which can be miserably uncomfortable.

 

Presenting Sponsor of the 2021 Period Promise Campaign