Feminine Hygiene Kits for Homeless Women in Toronto
Why Hygiene Kits for Homeless Women & Women in Shelter?
As many as 235,000 Canadians experience homelessness in a year, with women accounting for 27 per cent, according to research paper The State of Homelessness in Canada, 2016. There is also, experts say, a vast number of women who count as hidden homeless, or who are living in unsafe, temporary, overcrowded or precarious conditions.
For women without housing, or with limited income, managing their periods is unavoidable, complicated and often expensive. It means that once a month the stressors of life on the margins —where to sleep, what to eat and how to stay safe and maintain dignity — are compounded by the challenges of staying healthy and clean during their menstrual cycle.
Toronto Star Article "Period's extra hardship for homeless women"
How Can You Help?
On October 23rd at Studio 89, Azeeza for Women will partner with Sistering to prepare and deliver hygiene kits for homeless women and women in the shelter. Through this campaign, we aim to deliver 50 hygiene kits that support women for 1 full month.
Feminine Hygiene kits will include:
Feminine Paper Pads
Toothbrush & Toothpaste
Adult diapers - pull on or even pads
Underwear - not white, please - darker colours are preferred
Your Money, Your Impact:
The cost of each kit is $45.
Purchase your $45 hygiene kit today. For the cost of dinner for 2, you can support a woman for an entire month.
Sistering is a multi-service agency for at-risk, socially isolated women in Toronto who are homeless or precariously housed. We have been serving this community for over 35 years, validating women’s experiences regardless of outcomes. These marginalized women come from diverse backgrounds and include women with substance use and mental health issues; women who have experienced, or are experiencing, trauma and violence; immigrant and refugee women; women with disabilities; and women without legal status.
Azeeza for Women members assemble and deliver 57 hygiene kits to Sistering supporting of #homeless women in #Toronto.
Thank you to all those who attended and to those who supported through donations of items and dollars.
Thank you to Umar Hussain & Muslim Hands Canada for your support. A special thank you to our Azeeza for Women Community Relationship Manager Sara Khan and her team of volunteers for all your hard work!