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UNB Menstrual Health Society bolstering program with support from UNB Alumnae Association

Author: UNB Alumni

Posted on Mar 7, 2022

Category: UNB Fredericton , Young Alumni , Inspiring Stories

The UNB Menstrual Health Society is a brand-new society working to reduce period poverty on the UNB Fredericton campus and in the community. The society was co-founded by UNB students Caroline Stephen and Kate Palmer. Their vision is to promote safe and inclusive spaces on campus by working to eliminate stigma around menstruation through promotion, initiatives, and projects. 

The Society’s main work focuses on the UNB Menstrual Product Project, aiming to install free menstrual product dispensers in all the academic buildings on the UNB Fredericton campus. Partnered with the University of New Brunswick and the UNB Student Health Centre, 15 free menstrual product dispensers have officially been ordered and should be arriving within the next month.   

“The society will play a crucial role in the Menstrual Product Project, with members responsible for ensuring the dispensers are stocked during the academic year.” says co-founder Kate. “We recently put out a call for volunteers and executive members to join the society and have already had more than 40 applicants.” 

A $600 donation from the UNB Alumnae Association, a group made up of women graduates and former students of the university whose goal is to promote the educational and financial interests of the university, will cover the new society’s outstanding 2022-2023 budget.  

“The support from the Associated Alumnae will ensure proper promotion and longevity of the project,” says Kate.  She shared that they plan to use the funding for signs to post on each of the menstrual product dispensers, informational posters to distribute across campus, and other promotional items for the society.  

“Thanks to the Associated Alumnae, all UNB Fredericton students will be aware of the availability of free period products.” 

Learn more about the UNB Menstrual Health Society and the UNB Menstrual Product Project on their Facebook or Instagram page.