restoring dignity to menstruators and removing the stigma around periods
It is estimated that there are 22,000 menstruatorS in Toronto shelters and low-income school-aged menstruatorS that are unable to afford the necessary menstrual products they require each month.
On average a menstruator will spend $5,600 on 11,000 menstrual products during her lifetime.
Due to the cost of menstrual product menstruatorS who can’t afford them have reportedly resorted to alternatives, such as rags, tissue paper, and newspaper as a replacement for menstrual products.
The health risk associated with using these alternatives
are enormous and undignified. Let’s restore dignity back to women, ignite the conversation around menstrual health and eliminate the stigma around periods.
what we do
We facilitate the donation of menstrual products from the generous people of our community to our partner shelters. We store the products (a larger problem for shelters) and then assess the need of each individual partner shelters and supply them with the amount required.
Shelters in Toronto do not receive targeted funding for menstrual products meaning that they either use part of another targeted budget or more commonly rely on donations. This is why Twelve was created.
Whether you’ve donated to a partner donation location, a Twelve donation box at an event, or mailed/dropped off your donations directly to us, you can rest assured that your donation is making a difference.
100% of donated products and financial contributions gets delivered to meet the demand of our partner shelters.
Our goal is to ensure that every menstruator in our community regardless of their current circumstances has access to the menstrual products they require every month.
No menstruator should ever have to choose between her menstrual health and her basic needs. Together, through commitment and hard work we can make this goal, a reality.
who we are
We are a small dedicated team of volunteers that strongly believe Twelve is the solution to this growing problem.
More info on the team to come!