Sponsored by the Women's Center, the Office of the Chief Operaing Officer, and Student Government Assosiation (SGA) the Tampon Task Force became a campus-wide initiative.
This initiative, spearheaded by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) at UofL and the UofL Women's Center, started in 2016 when students approached the Women's Center with concerns about the lack of access to personal hygiene products on campus. Students shared stories of needing to either beg strangers for tampons in the case of an emergency or leave class and travel off campus for supplies. Neither of these scenarios is pleasant. AAUW at UofL created a Tampon Task Force and held a personal hygiene product drive on campus during the Spring 2017 semester. With the generous support of students, faculty, and staff, they were able to collect more than 700 products during that campaign. The Women's Center facilitated the distribution of Tampon Task Force baskets to numerous locations on campus. To address the need on an institutional level, the Women's Center reached out to the Student Government Association to use their access and resources to expand this initiative.
Beginning in Spring 2017, the Student Government Association has worked diligently to see the creation and implementation of free access to personal hygiene products. In order to best accommodate all students, each Student Council was able to provide input into the selection of bathrooms within their respective colleges and schools. According to FreetheTampons.org, approximately 86% of American women report that they have started their period unexpectedly in public without the supplies they need. This number is striking, and it does not account for intersex, non-binary and transgender students who may also be affected by menstruation. The University of Louisville mission statement describes its commitment to pursuing inclusiveness in its work to educate and serve. Accessibility to menstrual hygiene products is not a luxury; rather, it is essential to student success and crucial to serving a diverse campus community.
Stickers placed in restrooms indicate the nearest location for free products.
Look for this sticker - on mirrors, stalls, doors or walls - for information on where free menstrual hygiene products are available. The location of the earest dispensing machine or basket of items will be written on the white line at the bottom. Again, all products are free to anyone in the UofLcommunity.
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