The Equal Futures Network, an initiative of the Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health (CanWaCH), is thrilled to announce our partnership with the Yukon Period Pantry as a part of Equal Futures 2023: A Gender Equality Summit. The summit will be held on the traditional territories of Kwanlin Dün First Nation and Ta’an Kwäch’än Council, also known as Whitehorse, from May 17-18, 2023. 

The Yukon Period Pantry is a community-led project that provides 24/7 access to free, clean and safe menstrual hygiene products to people who menstruate living in the Yukon – especially those experiencing period poverty. The Yukon Period Pantry operates on a take what you need and give what you can basis and under a no questions asked policy. 

According to survey results released by Plan International Canada in May 2022, one in five people who menstruate in Canada said they struggled to afford menstrual products for themselves or their dependents. Nearly half of the survey’s Indigenous respondents said they rationed or used products longer than they should because they couldn’t afford more. For people living in the North, period poverty may be further exacerbated by the high cost of menstrual products – which are almost double the price as those found in southern parts of Canada.

As a part of the Equal Futures 2023 Summit, we are asking attendees to consider bringing menstrual hygiene products (pads, tampons and/or menstrual cups) to be donated to the Yukon Period Pantry. Donation guidelines can be found here

More information, including programming and registration details, will be communicated through the Equal Futures: A Gender Equality Summit mailing list and the Equal Futures Network’s social media channels. Equal Futures 2023: A Gender Equality Summit is supported by Women and Gender Equality Canada.

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Media Contact:

Charmaine Crockett

Director, Stakeholder Engagement 

Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health (CanWaCH) 

ccrockett@CanWaCH.ca | 613-863-9489

The Equal Futures Network, a CanWaCH initiative, brings together over 500 organizations, agencies, non-profits and grassroots community groups across Canada that are committed to advancing gender equality. Made possible through the financial support of Women and Gender Equality Canada, the Equal futures Network builds diverse partnerships to accelerate Canada’s progress in achieving equality and empowerment.

CanWaCH | The Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health is comprised of approximately 100 Canadian non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academic institutions, health professional associations and individuals partnering to improve health outcomes for women and children in more than 1,000 communities worldwide.

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The Equal Futures Network acknowledges that Indigenous people are the traditional guardians of Turtle Island, on the land also known as Canada

Read our full Territory Acknowledgment here.