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Combatting Period Poverty

1 out of 5 girls in the United States are affected by the lack of access to sanitary products according to a study by Plan International. 500 million are affected by this issue world-wide. The lack of products, facilities, and education in the coming generation will lead to a continuous cycle of menstrual stigma.

We must put an end to this cycle.

A Glimpse of Who We Are

Our Action

At Liv & Cur we fundraise and source products to supply schools in Cabarrus County School district with sanitary products. According to USA Today 1 out of 5 girls miss school because of their period. It is crucial for all schools to have consistent supply of products for students who cannot afford products or because they ran out.

Student Ambassadors of

Liv & Cur

Peer to Peer

Learning about menstruation can be scary at first but Liv & Cur is designed to connect students with students who have experience with period products as well as the journey that comes along with it.. Through our Student Ambassadors, we create change in school communities by introducing different products to students to help them find what is right for them. Pads or Tampons may not be for everyone but different products are stigmatized as a privilege when all products are equally a necessity for the the menstrual journey. We want to show our peers the world of period products and create a greater access to these products. Please contact us if you would like to join the fight against period poverty and stigma.

Why?

There are millions of young girls who suffer in silence because of period poverty. Not only in the U.S. is period poverty apparent but all over the world people stay silent when access to period products should be a right. We want to spread awareness about period poverty and menstrual stigma.

Menstruation in South Korea through a Korean-American Teen Perspective

Click “Learn more” to experience what menstruation and period poverty is like in South Korea

Let’s Combat Period Poverty Together

Where to Start?

Understand the 3 below

WHAT IS PINK TAX?

Pink Tax is associated with sanitary products but also products used by women. This type of tax markets products used by women to be considered luxury products which are taxed higher whereas products used by men are taxed as essential products. Pink Tax considers necessary sanitary products to be luxury products taxing them more than essential products.

DEFINITION OF PERIOD POVERTY

Period poverty refers to the lack of access to menstrual hygiene products and proper sanitation facilities, often due to economic constraints. Individuals experiencing period poverty are unable to afford or access the necessary products, such as sanitary pads, tampons, or menstrual cups, to manage their menstrual cycles.

DEFINITION OF MENSTRUAL STIGMA


Menstrual stigma refers to the social and cultural taboos, shame, and negative attitudes that surround the topic of menstruation. It is a form of gender-based stigma that often leads to the marginalization and discrimination of individuals who menstruate. Menstrual stigma can manifest in various ways and can be deeply ingrained in societies, impacting people’s attitudes, behaviors, and even policies related to menstruation. Here are some key aspects of menstrual stigma

Founder of Liv & Cur

Hanna Curie Lee

Liv & Cur Founder and Youth Ambassador Exchange Alumni

After my exchange in Argentina in the summer of 2023, through the Youth Ambassadors Exchange Program, I learned so much about Argentina and the world. Period poverty and menstrual stigma has always been a part of my life. I never had someone to teach me about what to use or what to buy so I had to learn everything by myself. Around the world, there are far more severe cases and experiences from what I have experienced. I knew that there was a need for change in my generation so that the following generation of girls do not have to worry about there next period or the stigma that surrounds it.