In February 2020, the Douglas Students’ Union signed on to the Period Promise Campaign.

Periods are a fact of life. Menstruation products are a basic necessity. But if you’re living in poverty – or vulnerable in other ways – access to tampons, pads, cups or menstrual underwear, can be challenging.

Since signing on to this campaign, we have been preparing a report related to Menstrual Products at Douglas College. Fall 2021, the DSU formally requested Douglas College to fund and supply emergency menstrual products in all washrooms at all campuses. You can find our official request and read our report here.


  • The distribution of free period products in bathrooms at Douglas College
  • Increase the awareness of Period Poverty and the impacts on students

The Period Promise initiative by United Way mobilizes local citizens to be a part of the solution.

As of January 2020, schools across BC provide free menstrual products in washrooms, acting on a ministerial order that was issued Friday, April 5, 2019. The B.C. Government mandated that all B.C. public schools provide free menstrual products for students in school washrooms by the end of 2019.

The B.C. Ministry of Education will continue to work with school districts, community and education partners to look at the needs of each district, identify gaps and ensure they have the funding needed to meet this new requirement.

This is our Period Promise.  
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What can you do?

One of the most important things that you can do to help end violence against Women and Children is to promote gender equity, healthy relationships, and positive ideas of masculinity by speaking out against gender-based violence.

Together we can make change.

For a community to be great, it has to be great for everyone. Unfortunately, too many people are vulnerable and isolated because of period poverty.

We believe local love is the solution. Show yours by mobilizing your community, and organizing a Period Promise campaign.

Learn more about the campaign!

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Help end period poverty!

The Period Promise campaign by United Way is a local response to a global issue. We can reduce the isolation created by period poverty, in our own neighbourhoods.

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