Have you ever had to miss school because you had your period and if you went to school you would be bullied for it? Has your education been put at risk because you weren’t able to hygienically manage your period? Have you ever been unable to afford or have access to basic sanitary products? …To be honest I feel uncomfortable even writing these questions because I know that the answer for me (and most of you) is a definite no, yet I know some of our sisters both at home and around the world do experience these problems, and their health, education and livelihood is impacted. It breaks my heart!
I often feel a bit helpless and overwhelmed when I hear about the unjust challenges facing so many women in the world. I don’t know where to start or what, if any, difference I could make to their situation. It can be easier to just ignore it. Or maybe to stop reading this post, -but WAIT! Before you do that, I want to stop you and ask you for another five minutes of your time. Are you with me?
There is a EASY way you can help.
You buy sanitary products, right? Most of us do. Can I ask, why do you choose the brand of sanitary items that you use? Do you have any specific criteria for the choice? Is it because it’s organic? Because it has the cutest packaging (and sometimes we need personal care to be pretty) or because it’s on sale?
I’ve recently changed my purchasing decisions. I used to buy whatever was organic and on sale, until I found out about the Audrey Sun brand. They contacted me to work with them (you may have read my previous post featuring them), and after reading about their community involvement I was happy to say yes. Here’s some very quick info. Ready?
Audrey Sun donates to charities like World Vision and Vinnies
The Audrey Sun brand and its parent company Audrey Reefs began in Australia (it’s now expanded internationally) and uses organic and natural materials to make its products. That’s great and all, but it’s their community involvement that really has me hooked. They work with international aid organisations such as World Vision who operate the WASH program, and Vinnies, who assist those in crisis, to help distribute sanitary items to women in need. It’s not a one off publicity stunt – if there is a need, globally or locally they want to assist in meeting it!
What is the WASH program?
The WASH program is operated by World Vision in countries such as Malawi, Uganda and PNG, among others. It combines the construction of hygiene facilities (toilets, drinking water, hand washing stations etc) with hygiene education programs. Providing sanitary items and facilities in schools means teenage girls are able to continue at school while they have their period. Their retention rate is higher and the academic achievement of the girls improves! Go girls!
How is Vinnies involved?
The St Vincent De Paul Society (A.K.A. ‘Vinnies’) provides care for those in need on the home front. They operate women’s shelters for women and children who have been displaced for a variety of reasons and co-ordinate the distribution of supplies to people in crisis, such as those affected by the recent bushfire crisis.
How does Audrey Sun help?
Audrey Sun works with both of these companies, among others, giving large donations of their organic and natural cotton pads for distribution to those in need both on the home front and internationally. They recently gave donations of thousands of pads to Vinnies which were distributed in their women and children’s centre and sent to those affected by the bushfire crisis in NSW (read more about that here).
Here’s my favourite part:
So, remember the often overwhelming problems of poverty I mentioned at the start of this post? You. Can. Help. And it’s easy. All it takes is being mindful of your purchasing effects and choosing to buy Audrey Sun pads.
I’m convinced about them and excited to be involved. How about you? Do you know of any other companies who are assisting women in need in a similar way? I’d love to hear about it! Leave me a comment so we can all share the information and together positively change the effects of our purchases.
The thoughts and opinions expressed in this article are based on my own research, but proudly sponsored by Audrey Sun. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Eat Pray Workout possible. If you have looked into this topic too I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!