Femme Freedom celebrates FIVE years
Femme Freedom celebrates FIVE years collecting menstrual products, diapers and wipes for people being supported by the Philadelphia Office of Homeless Services. Join us in collecting products throughout the Spring of 2019 and celebrating artists who identify as women, whose identity includes women those woman-aligned.
*ALL ARE WELCOME*
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$10 @ door//$3 discount with product donation
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About Femme Freedom:
Across the U.S., women struggle with the extra cost to ensure their basic personal needs are covered. The Huffington Post reports, “On average, a woman has her period from three to seven days and the average woman menstruates from age 13 until age 51. That means the average woman endures some 456 total periods over 38 years, or roughly 2,280 days with her period — 6.25 years of her life… 70 percent of women use tampons. You’re instructed to change your tampon every 4 to 8 hours, so we’ll use 6 hours as an average. A box containing 36 tampons costs $7 at Walgreens. 1 tampon every 6 hours = 4 tampons per day x 5 days of a period = 20 tampons per cycle x 456 periods = 9,120 tampons. At 36 tampons per box, that’s 253.3 boxes x $7 = $1,773.33.” Statista, the statistics portal defines feminine hygiene products as, Feminine hygiene products include all sanitary paper made from pulp, used by women during menstruation e.g. tampons, sanitary pads, liners and similar products.” They state, “Revenue in the Feminine Hygiene segment amounts to US$2,729m in 2018. The market is expected to grow annually by 3.1% (CAGR 2018-2021). In global comparison, most revenue is generated in China (US$4,070m in 2018). In relation to total population figures, per person revenues of US$8.31 are generated in 2018.”
In 2014, a local group of female friends joined together after learning about the struggle of women in developing countries and their experience when they menstruate. We quickly realized that homeless women in our neighborhoods were facing the same struggle, so we gathered our talents and tapped into our networks to lend our sisters a hand. That’s when Femme Freedom was born. In 2016, we decided to add diapers to our collection to ensure extra supplies for single mothers living in temporary places. Throughout the city, women collect pads, tampons, pantyliners and diapers to donate to the Office of Homeless Services every Spring. We have collected thousands in the past five years, and will continue to offset this supply need until there is legislation to change this situation. We are looking for any and all assistance in supporting women in need of these products and ending the discrimination that women alone suffer. We deserve the dignity of proper hygiene during our menstrual cycles regardless of our backgrounds. I hope you will join forces with us to fight back against this stigma.
Interested in becoming a sponsor, raffle donor, femmebox host or other help? Email us at FemmeFreedomPhilly@gmail.com