7 April 2019

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Lessons from the Ve'ahavta Van: How equal access to hygiene products is indeed a homelessness reduction tactic

Lessons from the Ve'ahavta Van: How equal access to hygiene products is indeed a homelessness reduction tactic

by Elisha Chesler

Photo by Kat Yukawa on Unsplash When we think of people experiencing homelessness and the challenges they face, the most pressing concerns that come to mind are often around basic human needs: Where does someone sleep? How does a person access food? How do they keep warm? Through The Period Purse's relationship with Ve'ahavta's Mobile Jewish Response to Homelessness (MJRH) Van, I've developed a greater understanding of the challenges that marginalized women and t...

23 March 2019

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Join The Period Purse for our Toronto Spring Blitz, from April 5 to April 26, 2019

Join The Period Purse for our Toronto Spring Blitz, from April 5 to April 26, 2019

by Micah Rodrigues
The windows are down; the sun is shining; the music is blaring; and the dark grey SUV is cruising around the city of Toronto. Is it a best friends' day out? Some pals going for a beer? A family spending quality time? It could be, but the car is packed to the brim with tampons, pads and wellness kits destined for shelters around the community.
Photo Credit: Micah Rodrigues
A car full of period packs ready for delivery.

This is the aftermath of a Blitz! The Period Purse...

1 March 2019

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Marching Towards Change and Investing in Opportunities for Inclusive Representation and Equity: Important Days and Action Items in March 2019

Marching Towards Change and Investing in Opportunities for Inclusive Representation and Equity: Important Days and Action Items in March 2019

by Micah Rodrigues
With the warmer, steadier, temperatures hopefully on the horizon, our collective thoughts are turning to spring in anticipation of the refreshing sense of renewal around the corner. As we focus on the possibilities of change and growth ahead, March is the perfect time to also think about and embrace initiatives that put representation and inclusion at the forefront. Spring brings with it ambition and exploration. And with ambition and exploration, come desires for acquired knowled...

24 February 2019

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The Period Purse Turns Two!

The Period Purse Turns Two!

by Danielle Kaftarian
 
Photo Credit: Danielle Kaftarian
Danielle Kaftarian drives her car filled with period products for marginalized menstruators. I met Jana Girdauskas, the founder of The Period Purse, nine years ago. Quickly I discovered her drive to spread kindness to others. It wasn't uncommon for her to leave little things on your doorstep if she knew you were having a bad week or a surprise craft to distract the kids when they were stuck at home during bad weather. So when I saw he...

3 February 2019

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Diverse Community Ambassadors Increase Inclusive Community Impact: Introducing Cristina Navoa and Marissa Catena

Diverse Community Ambassadors Increase Inclusive Community Impact: Introducing Cristina Navoa and Marissa Catena

by Leviana Coccia
Being a community organization fueled by the power of diverse local leaders and volunteers, The Period Purse is proud to collaborate with some of Canada's brilliant community ambassadors to increase awareness about what we do and how the world can help us reduce menstrual inequity and the negative stigma associated with periods.

In other words, we're thrilled that there are people across this country who echo us when we say: "Half of the world bleeds. Deal with it and help us ...

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