This past summer, I was enjoying lunch at Renee’s Organic Oven when I noticed a bright orange sign on the bathroom door. Curious, I went over to study the sign, and that was when I first read the words: Project Period. I researched the project, and I knew that I needed to get involved.
I have always been a feminist, but my passion for women’s equality and advocacy flourished when I began taking college courses that opened my eyes to the complexities of gender and women’s studies. When I discovered the YWCA and its mission to eliminate racism and empower women, I recognized a way that I could put my passion into action and really help people in my community.
In August I began interning at the YW, and was given the opportunity to spearhead a revival of Project Period. For those of you who don’t know, Project Period is an on-going drive to collect period-related products for people in our community who cannot afford them. This project is not only about donations, but it is about advocacy, ending stigma, and, ultimately, changing biased legislation.
Since I began working on it, I have been searching for ways to make Project Period more of a community effort; to start a community conversation about why this project is so important, and how we can work together to end the inequality and stigma surrounding periods. So, to get everyone thinking and talking about menstruation-related issues, we will be having a Project Period Paint Night! The event will take place on Friday, December 2nd at 6:30pm at Creative Juice Art Bar.
Creative Juice is an art bar/painting studio that offers its customers the unique experience
of taking a painting class while enjoying a drink (or two) with friends. The tickets cost $35 (with a percentage going straight to YWCA of Southern AZ Project Period), and include all the paint supplies you will need, as well as your first drink. We will be painting a lovely monarch butterfly.
At the end of the night, you will leave with your beautiful new painting, a sense of accomplishment, and a smile on your face. But this night will be a little different than a normal painting session at Creative Juice, because you will also leave with new knowledge, and hopefully, renewed determination to spread Project Period’s message throughout the community.
A Project Period donation box will be at the paint party, and we encourage you to bring unopened boxes of pads and tampons to donate. Please go to https://www.facebook.com/ywprojectperiod/ for more information about Project Period and the link to buy your Paint Night tickets (space is limited).