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Join the Global Menstrual Equity Movement

Thank you for supporting the work of the GrassROOTS Community Foundation and our effort to #endperiodpoverty by challenging period stigma and shame.

At GrassROOTS, we recognize the unique challenges girls—and later women—face as they navigate social pressures, which often results in adverse health outcomes and limits economic opportunities. As a public health and social justice organization, we invest in girls by providing training and education to help them succeed in life and stay healthy.

We refined our initiatives to focus on building leadership among girls and women and addressing key structural issues: literacy, mental health, and menstrual equity. These areas significantly impact their chances of becoming healthy leaders.

Recent Events and Successes

Menstrual Equity Roundtable: On May 31st, we partnered with Pennsylvania State Representatives Stephen Kinsey and Darisha Parker for a roundtable discussion on menstrual equity, moderated by Dr. Melicia Whitt-Glover, Executive Director of the Council on Black Health.

Roots, Rock, Run 5k: On June 1st,our annual R3 event was a big success! Over the past few years, we have focused the race on raising funds for global menstrual equity work. This year, we expanded globally, hosting meetup R3 events in South Africa and Ghana, in addition to our annual race in Philadelphia. Next year, we plan to increase attendance, raise more funds, and hold roundtable discussions in each location. We also aim to launch our health education program and provide menstrual products to schools in need.

New Initiatives

#EndPeriodStigma Campaign: While legislation is increasing to provide menstrual products in schools, our goal is to further reduce health disparities and improve the well-being of at-risk individuals and families. We’re launching the “#EndPeriodStigma Campaign” to debunk myths and reduce the shame associated with menstruation.

Societal stigma often leads to misinformation about health and limits access to reproductive health education, which hinders educational achievement. Our campaign aims to demystify menstruation by providing accurate information, empowering all students, and enhancing their educational outcomes.

We believe it is crucial to involve parents, guardians, and educators in our discussions. By understanding their perspectives, we can create strategies tailored to each community we serve.

Support Our Work

Please enjoy the photos from R3 in South Africa, Ghana, and Philadelphia by clicking on the photos below. Plus our menstrual equity roundtable! To support our efforts year-round, consider donating HERE.

Menstrual Equity Roundtable


R3 South Africa


R3 Ghana


R3 Philadelphia
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