CONTRIBUTING TO END PERIOD POVERTY

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CONTRIBUTING TO END PERIOD POVERTY

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CONTRIBUTING TO END PERIOD POVERTY

FRIDAY DECEMBER 24, 2021: PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO – While in Trinidad and Tobago, there are no real statistics on period poverty, NGOs and others who work in Social Services have flagged it as a silent issue affecting women and girls from low income households. Feminine products are accessible for many but affordability still remains an issue for some persons in Trinidad and Tobago. On Tuesday 14th December 2021, Vanna Motilal, Group Internal Auditor, led an initiative to distribute sanitary products to eight women in the Penal/Debe region utilising her TT$5000 funding received as part of Digicel Foundation’s #ShareMore Christmas initiative.

Vanna’s love for charity caused her to think about the number of families who have been negatively impacted during the pandemic because of job loss or reduced household income. In particular, Vanna was adamant on assisting women because women are often required to have additional funds to spend on feminine products.

In the spirit of the season, Vanna wanted to contribute towards the cost that these women usually incur by ensuring that they have a supply of feminine products for seven months. Now, the funds which they usually allocate for the items can go towards other necessities.

Digicel Foundation Board Director, Bibi Mohammed –Singh accompanied Vanna while she paid home visits to distribute the products.

Period poverty is further exacerbated during times of crisis because of the increased rates of unemployment and salary cuts.  Local NGOs have been pioneering drives to supply women with sanitary products in T&T. 

CONTRIBUTING TO END PERIOD POVERTY