In a move towards ensuring menstrual equity and access to basic hygiene, Greater Victoria libraries are now offering free period products.
Starting this week, the Greater Victoria Public Library (GVPL) branches will be providing free menstrual products including pads and tampons in their public and staff washrooms.
Earlier this month, the GVPL signed the Period Promise Policy Agreement, which was produced by the United Way.
By signing the agreement, organizations commit to providing an accessible range of free menstrual products to employees and guests, signalling an organization’s commitment to helping eradicate period poverty in BC.
“We know that period poverty impacts many people in our community. Being responsive to the community’s needs is at the core of what the library does,” said Andrew Appleton, Board Chair of the Greater Victoria Public Library.
“We are proud to provide free menstrual products in GVPL branches and play a role in breaking down barriers in our community,” added Appleton.
“We are inspired by GVPL’s decision to support this initiative, which says so much about how libraries are safe and inclusive spaces,” said Erika Stenson, Executive Director of United Way Southern Vancouver Island.
“Libraries are also places where learning happens all the time, and we hope that GVPL’s actions spark a wider conversation in the community about period poverty—including how we can tackle the vulnerability and isolation it causes.”
More information can be found on the Greater Victoria Public Library website.