Period poverty refers to the social, economic, political, and cultural barriers to menstrual products, education, and sanitation. According to Medical News Today, period poverty affects an estimated 500 million people word wide—in wealthy, industrialized countries as well as developing countries. Period poverty can prevent girls and women from missing school and work, in addition to affecting their mental health and well-being, and health and hygiene.
Pearl Society is coordinating a community-wide period product drive to benefit local schools and organizations in need. Look for the drop-off bins at the Jewish Federation, Congregation B’nai Emunah, Temple Israel, and Zarrow Pointe during the month of January.
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In conjunction with this program, on Thursday, February 2 at 7:00 pm, the Pearl Society presents “Period Poverty” featuring three speakers working to help address the needs of women and girls in our city and state. Jen Green and Linley Smith from Period.OKC, the first nonprofit of its kind in Oklahoma will share their story. Dr. Crystal Lewis, Director of Integrated Wellness, will address the needs in Tulsa Public Schools, and grassroots activist Cassie Celestain will how the idea for Tulsa Period Pantry came to being. Moderated by Rachel Gold, Director of the Tulsa Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, improving health outcomes for underserved populations.
Wine/Appetizer Social: 6:15 – 7:00 pm
Program: 7:00 – 8:00 pm