What is Tampon Tuesday®?
Tampon Tuesday® is a registered trademark held by Bell Media. It is an event that brings people together in a community for an afternoon/evening of socializing, networking and supporting women who are less fortunate or in crisis. Shopper’s Drug Mart is the presenting sponsor for Tampon Tuesday®.
In October 2016, Sharon Lupton, National Director, Labour Programs & Services, United Way Centraide Canada/Canadian Labour Congress proposed to organize simultaneous national “Tampon Tuesday” event across all of the United Way Labour Programs to coincide with International Women’s Day, March 8, 2017. These events were held to profile the need for all girls and women to have access to necessary feminine hygiene products (FHP). Fourteen labour staff organized events in 16 communities across Canada. Barb Byers (CLC Secretary-Treasurer) and Jacline Nyman (UWCC President & CEO) were national ambassadors for the 2017 initiative.
The SDLC, CLC – Prairie Region and United Way of Saskatoon & Area organized such an event in Saskatoon. As well, a collection drive was organized. The 2017 initiative was a huge success.
Over 1100 packages of FHP were collected and over $1500 in cash donations. Over 450 pre-made packages (about 2 months’ supply) were distributed to vulnerable girls and women at YXE Connects in Saskatoon. YXE Connects is a one-day event and one-stop shop for members of our community to access services in one place, on one day. United Way of Saskatoon and Area is one of the community partners involved in organizing this annual event. Additional product was donated to the Elizabeth Fry Society.
Unions that participated in our first collection drive and event included:
- USW Local 8933 and Saskatchewan Mutual Insurance
- RWDSU Local 480
- UFCW Local 1400 Women’s Committee
- SEIU-West Staff
- SEIU-West members
- SEIU-West (Parkridge Centre)
- Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees (SOAR)
- USW Area Council
- Unifor Local 649
- Unifor 2-S Women’s Committee
- SUN (Annual General Meeting)
- SUN Local 107 (Saskatoon City Hospital)
- SDLC (AGM)
Many other businesses, organizations, groups and individuals participated as well.
What is happening in 2018?
Our 2nd annual Tampon Tuesday initiative is underway. We are asking individuals, unions, businesses, organizations and groups to assist with this year’s initiative by:
- Donating product
- Attending the event (see poster for details)
- Organizing a collection drive (see attached information for details)
Once again we are holding our collection drive and event to recognize International Women’s Day (March 8, 2018). Marie Clarke Walker (CLC Secretary-Treasurer) and Jacline Nyman (UWCC President & CEO) are confirmed national ambassadors for the 2018 initiative.