Always® partners with Jameela Jamil and International Paper to advocate for systemic solutions to help #EndPeriodPoverty

Always rally allies on the Hill, ahead of Menstrual Hygiene Day, in support of Congresswoman Grace Meng’s Menstrual Fairness for All Act – which would help end period poverty in the United States systemically

WASHINGTON, May 19, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Always, the global leader in menstrual care, and International Paper, the world’s leading supplier of renewable fiber products, are partnering to deliver systemic solutions to help #EndPeriodPoverty. Ahead of Menstrual Hygiene Day, May 28, they hosted an event in Washington DC in support of Congresswoman Grace Meng’s Menstrual Fairness for All Act. This bill would ensure that all young people have access to free menstrual products at school, so no one has to miss their period.

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Event attendees pack 500 period product kits to donate to the local community to help #EndPeriodPoverty (Photo: Ian Wagreich)

Lack of access to periodic protection is often known as menstrual poverty – and it affects people all over the world, even in the most economically developed countries. In the United States, nearly one in five girls missed school because they did not have access to menstrual products1.

Since Always’s #EndPeriodPoverty program launched in 2018, Always has donated more than 160 million menstrual products to people in need around the world, including more than 50 million in the United States, in partnership with organizations such as Feeding America®, the nation’s largest national market. hunger relief organization. While donations can help people stay in school and improve their self-confidence, donations alone cannot solve menstrual poverty because poverty itself is a systemic problem. The stigma surrounding menstruation can also make matters worse, preventing those affected from voicing their needs and preventing potential solutions from being widely discussed and implemented. As several US states have stepped up to help #EndPeriodPoverty, 56% of society thinks they should be doing more to get free products to those in need2. If passed, Congresswoman Grace Meng’s Menstrual Fairness for All Act would help do just that across the United States.

“Millions of people across our country suffer from a lack of access to vintage goods and are forced to forgo education or employment opportunities because of it,” said MP Grace Meng ( D-NY). “As we celebrate Menstrual Hygiene Day on May 28and, I urge everyone, including lawmakers, to support my Menstrual Fairness for All Act. This is the first whole-of-government approach to addressing this problem and would help end the problem of menstrual poverty. »

To further help raise awareness of the prevalence of period poverty across the country and motivate society at large to support the bill, Always is also partnering with actress and activist Jameela Jamil, who spoke at the event in Washington DC on the issue – watch here.

“I was shocked to learn that approximately 3.5 million girls have missed school here in the United States due to a lack of access to menstrual hygiene products.3. It’s way too much. When people don’t have access to menstrual products, not only do they feel unprotected, but it also puts their confidence, dignity and education at risk,” said Jameela Jamil. “I’m very proud to partner with Always and support their mission to help #EndPeriodPoverty. I encourage everyone to join us in supporting the Menstrual Fairness for All Act to help keep young people in school.” To help you, you can contact your elected officials here and ask them to show their support for the law.

“Always has been championing youth confidence for more than 35 years, through puberty and self-confidence education, providing access to menstrual products and driving societal change,” said Melissa Suk, Vice President feminine care in North America at Procter & Gamble. “When I entered puberty, I remember my own confidence being shaken as I wasn’t sure what was going on in my body – I wondered what products to use and felt too embarrassed to even speak.Today, as the mother of a 6-year-old girl, I am motivated to do more so that she can enter puberty feeling supported and nurtured.To make this change for the next generation, collaboration and alliances with individuals and organizations who share the same mission will play a vital role in helping to resolve the period We are delighted to support MP Grace Meng’s bill and continue our partnership with International Paper and Feeding America as part of our continued commitment to bringing about change so that lack of menstrual protection never again impedes nurturing and confidence.”

To help address the ongoing need for menstrual products, Always and International Paper – alongside congressional staff and Feeding America – hosted an event in Washington DC on May 12 to discuss period poverty, while also packing 500 kits with menstrual products to donate to the local community. . Always, with the support of Jameela Jamil, will also donate an additional one million napkins to the Feeding America food bank network. In addition, International Paper will host more than 45 packaging events throughout the year at its facilities around the world.

To learn more, visit always.com/en-us/about-us/end-period-poverty.

Footnotes :

1 1000 American Women, 16-24, Research Now ’17

2 4000 US respondents, One Poll ’21

31000 American Women, 16-24, Research Now ’17 & US 2016 Census

About Always®

Always®, the world leader in menstrual protection, offers a wide range of pads, wipes and pantiliners designed to fit different body types, menstrual flows and preferences. For more than 35 years, Always has supported millions of young people around the world through puberty and self-confidence education, providing products to those in need and tackling social barriers to poverty. girls confidence.. Together, Always believes we can create a world where neither rules nor sex stand in the way of young people reaching their full potential. Please visit www.always.com for more information.

About International Paper

International Paper (NYSE:IP) is one of the world’s leading suppliers of renewable fiber products. We produce corrugated packaging products that protect and promote goods and enable global trade, as well as pulp for diapers, tissues and other personal care products that promote health and The well-being. Based in Memphis, Tennessee, we employ approximately 38,000 colleagues worldwide. We serve customers worldwide, with manufacturing operations in North America, Latin America, North Africa and Europe. Net sales for 2021 were $19.4 billion. Additional information can be found by visiting InternationalPaper.com.

About Feed America

Feeding America® is the largest hunger relief organization in the United States. Through a network of more than 200 food banks, 21 statewide food bank associations, and more than 60,000 partner agencies, food pantries, and meal programs, we’ve helped provide $6.6 billion in meals to tens of millions of people in need last year. Feeding America also supports programs that prevent food waste and improve food security for the people we serve; draws attention to the social and systemic barriers that contribute to food insecurity in our country; and advocates for legislation that protects people from hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

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