3:00 pm — 4:30 pm
Northbrook Public Library
1201 Cedar Lane
Northbrook, IL 60062
Join NCJW, the Period Collective and the Northbrook Public Library for a screening of the award winning documentary Period. End of Sentence. Menstrual equity—the fight to ensure that people who get their periods have access to the products and support they need—is a hard fight. Stay for a panel discussion about how low-income women locally and abroad cope with these struggles. Panelists include The Period Collective which serves low-income women in Cook & Lake Counties and Dr. Leah Neubauer, Professor of Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University.
In a rural village outside Delhi, India, women lead a quiet revolution. They fight against the deeply rooted stigma of menstruation. “Period. End of Sentence.” — a documentary short directed by Rayka Zehtabchi — tells their story. For generations, these women didn’t have access to pads, which lead to health problems and girls missing school or dropping out entirely. But when a sanitary pad machine is installed in the village, the women learn to manufacture and market their own pads, empowering the women of their community. They name their brand “FLY,” because they want women “to soar.”
Their flight is, in part, enabled by the work of high school girls half a world away, in California, who raised the initial money for the machine and began a non-profit called “The Pad Project.”
Please consider bringing a donation of feminine hygiene products. These will be collected and donated to area shelters, schools and organization as part of NCJW’s menstrual equity initiative. The Northbrook Public Library will be collecting products during the month of March.