D.R.E.W. Projects Women's Health Initiative
What is the D.R.E.W. Projects Women's Health Initiative?
The D.R.E.W. Projects, Inc. Women's Health Initiative aims to end period poverty and stigma for thousands of women and girls experiencing homelessness in the United States. To help kick off this initiative, D.R.E.W. Projects, Inc. will provide 1000 feminine hygiene kits to local non-profit organizations in California, serving women and girls experiencing homelessness. Every two years, we plan to double the number of kits donated to women and girls by extending our reach across the United States.
Ending Period Poverty
Access to sanitary products is difficult for women and girls facing financial barriers and housing instability. Women and girls in this situation often have to decide between purchasing food and clothing or buying feminine products. The issue is even pressing for non-profit organizations that serve this community. At D.R.E.W. Projects, Inc., we want to help relieve the cost burden for non-profits to provide feminine hygiene products to as many women and girls as possible.
Our commitment is to dedicate feminine hygiene kits to U.S. 501(c)(3) non-profits serving unhoused women and girls or low-income women and girls. We aim to involve community members, organizations, and businesses to donate period products, such as tampons, pads, panty liners, etc., to help these organizations build up their resource closets with feminine hygiene products so that they can reallocate some of their funding towards getting women and girls services or housing.
Ending Period Stigma
As women and girls, we have experienced embarrassment, verbal shaming, and discrimination when having a period at school, work, or even worse, living on the streets. In reality, women and girls should not be ashamed or face differential treatment due to menstruation. At D.R.E.W. Projects, Inc., we want to end period stigma by raising awareness and educating students, organizations, businesses, and community members on the many facets of period stigma and how it negatively impacts women and girls in their lives.
Women's Health Initiative Activities
Feminine Hygiene Kit
Each year, D.R.E.W. Projects will select 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations (within the U.S.) to donate feminine hygiene kits. Each kit includes pads, tampons, panty liners, and cleansing wipes. We will package the items in a pink, reusable tote bag for on-the-go replenishment for convenience and simplicity. #endperiodpoverty
D.R.E.W. Projects, Inc. will host workshops starting in 2023 for students and community members about why menstruation matters, inform them of the misinformation and stigmas surrounding menstruation, and the global impact of building awareness about good menstrual hygiene management. #endperiodstigma
As a part of this year's theme, #WeAreCommitted. As a partner with MHDay Global, D.R.E.W. Projects, Inc. will celebrate MHDay on the annual awareness day of May 28th by dedicating feminine hygiene kits to nonprofits in California, serving women and girls experiencing homelessness. We will launch campaign events celebrating women, girls, and periods. We stand in solidarity with organizations abroad, shifting from a call to action to committing to action. #EndPeriodPoverty, #PeriodEducationForAll.