Nicola Hill, Janet Austin and Irene Lanzinger stand behind a pyramid of donated pads and tampons. Periods are a fact of life. For women living in poverty, there is an added challenge of being able to afford monthly feminine hygiene products. For women who are experiencing homelessness, it is an even bigger challenge. This year, as we prepare to celebrate International Women’s Day, United Way of the Lower Mainland’s Labour Participation Department and the labour movement are collecting and donating feminine hygiene products as part of Tampon Tuesday, Tuesday, March 7. People can drop menstruation products at United Way of the Lower Mainland’s office, 4543 Canada Way, Burnaby, BC, between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday, until end of day March 9th. Products will then be distributed to United Way-funded agencies supporting women in need in the community. United Way of the Lower Mainland’s Labour Department is also hosting a breakfast on March 7 with guest speakers Janet Austin, CEO, YWCA Metro Vancouver and Irene Lanzinger, President, BC Federation of Labour. “Low-income women and particularly low-income single mothers are needing to make choices between shelter, food, education and child care,” says Janet Austin, CEO, YWCA Metro Vancouver. “Menstruation products are another monthly expense that mean low-income women may have to sacrifice.” “Women are struggling economically here in BC,” says Irene Lanzinger, President, BC Federation of Labour. “A single person working full-time at minimum wage or someone living on welfare is not able to make ends meet or afford basic needs. BC needs a comprehensive poverty reduction plan to close the poverty gap and help those in need.” “This partnership shows how when we work together we can make a real difference for women in need right here in the Lower Mainland,” said Nicola Hill, Director of United Way’s Labour Participation Department. “Our common vision means improving the lives of everyone in our communities.” A number of unions are also participating in Tampon Tuesday including the Canadian Labour Congress, BC Federation of Labour, CUPE 402, CUPE 1760, HEU, FPSE, IATSE 891, IBEW 213, MoveUP, and Unifor by collecting donations from their members and employees. Other participating organizations include Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland and Lunapads. Make a difference for local women in need by donating menstruation products to United Way.