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Let's be frank - periods happen.

In fact, they happen about once a month to approximately 50% of the 7.5 billion people on earth. In short: periods aren’t a big deal and we shouldn’t be ashamed to talk about them! 

Which is why – thanks to IGNITE’s advocacy – free menstrual products are available in washrooms across North, Lakeshore, IGS and Guelph-Humber campuses. 

In 2017, IGNITE launched a Pads & Tampons project with the aim of fighting menstruation stigma while helping students feel more comfortable with their periods while at school. 

The project was initiated and championed by Alissa Lim, IGNITE’s then Vice-President for Lakeshore campus, and her work has remained part of student life since then. Lim aimed to use this initiative to break down the stigma surrounding menstruation and menstrual products.  

“I wanted to create a project that would help students financially where they didn’t have to worry about having the money to cover things like hygiene products. What I also love about this project is that it breaks the stigma around periods. Seeing it launch from being an idea on a paper to becoming what it is now is absolutely amazing” – Allisa Lim

When the initiative launched, 33,000 free menstrual kits were provided across all three campuses for students to access in the washrooms.

Since that time, IGNITE has worked with Humber and Guelph-Humber administration to have free tampon and pad dispensers installed in over 120 campus washrooms, including residence.

Next time you are in an emergency, no need to scramble for change or stress about whether or not friends might be able to cover for you. Even though menstruation is still sometimes a taboo topic in today’s society, we are dedicated to changing that through this project.

IGNITE believes access to menstrual products should be equitable, uncomplicated and destigmatized. We will always be committed to your physical and mental well-being. 

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