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Anytime of the Month Ambassador programme has just been launched

UL student Organisation Anytime of the Month Launch new Ambassador Programme 

By I Love Limerick Correspondent Jade Crowe  

The Anytime of the Month organisation has just launched its Workplace Ambassador Programme to fight against the stigma surrounding periods in the workplace.  

Anytime of the Month is a student-led social enterprise aiming to alleviate the effects of period poverty through creating a network of friendly strangers. The project was founded by Clodagh Guerin, a student at the University of Limerick, who is passionate about ending period poverty for sanctuary students on her university campus.

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Anytime of the Month founder Clodagh Guerin

The motive of this new programme is to help defeat the stigma attached to periods in the workplace, while quintessentially fighting against period poverty. Period poverty is the term used to describe situations where women may not be able to afford or have access to hygienic and safe sanitary products, which may cause many health implications such as TSS (Toxic shock syndrome). Shockingly, up to 85,000 women suffer from period poverty in Ireland alone.   

The new Workplace Ambassador Programme will comprise of a three-tier package for the business/organisation to purchase. This three-tier programme will consist of workshops ranging from silver, gold and platinum. Once a package is chosen, the business will then be able to access the benefits of their chosen tier and avail of a period positive workshop.  

Each workshop will provide a detailed presentation of what period poverty is, how to identify it and how to prevent or abolish it in the workplace and beyond. Not only this, but the programme addresses language used around periods and how this may contribute to period taboo in the workplace. The workshops will also encourage employers and employees to become more LGBTQ+ friendly. After the workshop of a business’s choice has been completed, the business can then become labelled an ‘Anytime of the Month business’  

All profits raised from this programme will be used to supply environmentally friendly period products to Anytime of the Month’s secondary school programme which provides to those in need. The funds raised will also help to supply members of direct provision and victims of homelessness, with the belief in mind that “everyone should have access to period products.”  

Ciara O’Flynn from Anytime of the Month said, “We believe that everyone has the right to access period products, we believe in menstrual health education and ultimately, we believe in eradicating the period taboo. People with periods have been invisible to our society for a long time, this must change, immediately.”  

Ciara also added, “It’s time to seek justice for everyone with a period. So, if you know a business/organisation that would become a period positive workplace, or you’re involved with a workplace that would contact us. You can email us at [email protected] or check out our social media @AnytimeoftheMonth. ‘Period poverty’ is a social issue so join us, together, let’s fight for justice.” 

 

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