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Starting this September, Camosun college will be supplying free menstrual products in women’s and men’s washrooms on their Lansdowne campus.

Organic pads and tampons will be available in the first floor washrooms in the Library and Learning Commons on Lansdowne campus for the 2019/20 academic year.

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“The majority of people who menstruate are women and girls, but we recognize that they aren’t the only people who menstruate,” says librarian Robbyn Lanning, who spearheaded the project with her passion for menstrual equity.

“By having the products in both gendered washrooms, we’re trying to remove stigma related to menstruation and increase awareness in cisgender males.”

The products and the installation of Plexiglass dispensers in both washrooms was facilitated by a $5,000 Camosun Innovation and Creativity Grant.

This pilot project will take place between September 2019 and March 2020 during which Lanning will track the products’ use and survey student response before making recommendations for future steps.

See also: All BC public schools will be required to provide free menstrual products by the end of 2019

“The affordability of menstrual supplies is a pressing issue for many Camosun students,” says CCSS Pride Director, Angela Chou. “We feel confident that free menstrual supplies will not only be used, but will also help to relieve some of the impact of period poverty that students experience.”

Free menstrual products were also made available at various City of Victoria public facilities starting this summer.

Moreover, all public schools in BC will be required to provide free menstrual products in washrooms by the end of 2019.