A new Menstrual Equity (ME) project championed by KPR’s Student Trustees will be introduced in the new school year. In 2021-22, dispensing devices for free menstrual products will be installed in at least one female washroom and one all-gender washroom in all KPR high schools and 26 pilot elementary schools. In 2022-23, following educational initiatives, ME will expand to all schools, with product dispensers and waste receptacles also installed in at least one male washroom.
The ME program will better serve students who do not feel they fit traditional male/female definitions, transgender students who are transitioning, and students who have difficulty affording menstrual products. We believe Menstrual Equity is important in ensuring that students who menstruate do not face barriers to accessing school, and that menstruation should not carry social stigma.
See the Menstrual Equity Backgrounder for further information.
KPR offers sincere thanks to 2020-21 Student Trustees Roan Haggerty-Goede and Justine Mackay for championing the introduction of this important project.