Project Sottera, a joint initiative of the Bureau of Women’s Affairs and Island Girl Power to combat period poverty on the island, has received a donation of 600 menstrual cups from the non-profit group period.org.
Governor Lou Leon Guerrero, BWA director Jayne Flores, Island Girl Power director Juanita Blaz; Project Sottera volunteer Patricia Krise, and officials from Matson and Triple B received the donations last week.
Flores spoke to the media during the turnover, emphasizing the need to address period poverty on Guam.
“Period poverty is a very real issue on our island. One in five women in the United States, in general, does not have enough access to menstrual products. Our survey with GDOE and Public Health indicated a great need for this,” Flores said.
Period.org is a national movement based in Portland, Oregon focused on addressing period stigma and period poverty through education service and advocacy.