The Red Wrap Initiative
Addressing a Public Health Need
The Red Wrap Initiative is a collaborative volunteer project that aims to build upon existing efforts to eliminate stigma and provide education around menstruation and reproductive health. The distribution of much needed menstrual hygiene products to unsheltered and disadvantaged women will allow room to safely address and maintain menstrual health.
BACKGROUND & JUSTIFICATION
Menstruation is a different experience for each woman. The volume of menstrual fluid varies from one individual to the next, requiring some women to need more or less supplies during their cycle. While some major cities have made efforts to provide access to feminine hygiene products for disadvantaged women (i.e., removing tampon taxes; NYC passed law in 2016 to provide menstrual products to correctional facilities, shelters, and public schools), varying individual demands ensure that the need for adequate supplies still exist. Consequently, menstrual hygiene products remain one of the most needed resources, yet the least donated.