You know that feeling, when you smuggle a tampon from your bag to your pocket because you really feel like you have to hide it? Or worse, the feeling you get, when you’re upset about something that is important to you (like women’s rights) and someone cuts into your argument to ask if “it’s that time of the month?” In some parts of the world, young girls and women will know something else too: what it feels like to get your period, and be considered so unclean you’re not allowed to go to school.
Period shaming and stigma has no place in a modern society.
Having a period is a bodily function. It’s cool, it’s normal, it’s fine. And, in a different way, as Kiran Ghandi says in our Monkifesto, periods are a big deal. They make the world go round. If anything, having a period deserves some respect.
That’s why we’ve teamed up with Libresse/Nana/Bodyform to raise awareness by handing out tampons and/or sanitary towels in all Monki stores in Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, the UK, the Netherlands and France. Our period awareness week starts Monday 31 October, and continues for (surprise) a week.
Need a tampon, sister? Got you covered.
From Mon 31 October and one week ahead.Where
Sweden: Göteborg, Jönköping, Karlstad, Linköping, Malmö, Norrköping, Stockholm, Sundsvall, Umeå, Uppsala, Västerås, Växjö, Örebro, Finland, Helsinki
Norway: Bergen, Drammen, Kristianstad, Oslo, Sandnes, Stavanger, Tromsö, Trondheim
Denmark: Copenhagen, Frederiksberg, Lyngby, Odense, Ålborg, Århus
The UK: London (Carnaby street)
The Netherlands: Amsterdam, Den Haag, Eindhoven, Groningen, Rotterdam, Utrecht
France: Paris (Rue de Provence)