Women Speak Up Town Hall targets destigmatization of menstruation | Homes and lifestyle

Posted on September 7, 2022
| 10:02 p.m.

The Santa Barbara County Commission for Women will present a free virtual town hall Women Speak Out, 6-7:30 p.m., Thursday, September 15 on destigmatizing menstruation and advancing period positivity.

Last October, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 367 (AB 367) into law requiring California public schools, community colleges, and universities in the state of California to provide free menstrual products. , the same way they provide toilet paper and paper towels.

AB-367, The Menstrual Equity for All Act, led by California MP Cristina Garcia, inspired by the Scottish Parliament’s unanimous passage of a bill to make free menstrual products available in all public places in 2020 .

The California Menstrual Equity for All Act follows an earlier version of this legislation aimed at addressing menstrual poverty in California public schools with a poverty rate of 40%. This earlier support was intended to help prevent absenteeism among girls in need, among other economic and social consequences. As many as one in four teenagers have missed school due to menstrual poverty.

Featured panelists for the Town Hall event are:

Third District Supervisor Joan Hartmann
Rose Munoz, president of the Santa Barbara Unified School District
Kind Cup Designer and Founder Christine Brown, Entrepreneur
Jasmine Herrera, student at the University of California at Berkeley

The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Anna Everett, Commissioner of the Second District.

To attend the event via Zoom, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87967078953.

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