In full transparency, the following is a press release submitted to SOURCE media.
FRAMINGHAM – Babson College greek life along with the Babson College Institute for Social Innovation and Babson Wellness & Prevention Services are partnering with a local business, Fihri, to host a Period Palooza a period kit making event, to help students and those in need of access to period products.
According to the 2021 State of the Period, 1 in 5 students in the United States experience period poverty on a monthly basis. The Babson sorority members along with the Babson College Institute for Social Innovation and Babson Wellness & Prevention Services are fundraising to pack kits on November 11 that includes a reusable pouch, organic pads and panty liners, biodegradable pads and panty liners, organic tampons with applicator and without applicators. $10 per kit will help a menstruator for 1 month.
These kits will then be donated to Babson Wellness & Prevention Services and Dignity Matters to help menstruators in need in an effort to alleviate period poverty in Massachusetts.
Period poverty is known as the lack of access to menstrual care products, hygiene, and education surrounding menstruation. This is an issue prevalent for many globally, and even here in Massachusetts.
FIHRI is the World’s Tiniest Period Store in Wellesley and a woman-owned business that participated in the 2021 Women Innovating Now (WIN) Growth Lab and the Babson Summer Venture program. Their mission is for every menstruating student to reach their full potential and not let their period be a barrier.
The Babson Institute for Social Innovation and Babson Social Innovation Lab helps students and stakeholders to create social, economic, and environmental value simultaneously.
Babson’s Wellness & Prevention Services provide collaborative, evidence-based, and culturally inclusive health and wellness services that promote a healthy and safe campus community. They offer prevention and education initiatives, confidential intervention and treatment services, pastoral care, and student-centered advocacy to address undergraduate and graduate students’ mental, emotional, physical, spiritual, and social well-being.
Dignity Matters is a non-profit organization aimed at providing impoverished and homeless women with a reliable monthly source of menstrual products and underwear. Supporting more than 10,000 women and girls each month, Dignity Matters envisions a world where “ALL women can manage their period with dignity.” Dignity Matters partners with 160 schools, shelters, food pantries and medical clinics, and Dignity Matters distributed nearly 2 million free menstrual care items to women in need in 2021.
To support the fundraiser go to https://period-palooza.causevox.com/ or www.wearefihri.com/.To learn more about The Babson Institute for Social Innovation https://www.babson.edu/social-innovation-institute/. To learn more about Dignity Matters and how you can help fight period poverty, visit www.dignity-matters.org.