Committed to ending period poverty, one pack at a time.
Flow Together, Grow Together
Bleed the North is a federally registered, youth-led nonprofit organization. We are committed to ending period poverty and stigma by providing menstrual products to people in need across Ontario.
We hope to educate our community on the dangers of period poverty and work to promote menstrual legislation in Canadian politics.
We promise to see the ways in which menstruators are affected by their periods and learn from those who experience menstruation and period poverty in all of its complexity, together.
1 in 3 Canadian women under the age of 25 struggle to afford period products.
Globally, 2.3 billion people live without basic sanitation services.
The Service Team works to provide menstrual products to those who are unable to access them.
To this day, they have collected over 35,000 products and helped over 1865 Ontario menstruators in need.
The Education Team works to create educational resources.
These tools are intended to help the general public learn about menstruation-related topics such as period poverty, period stigma, and reproductive health.
The Advocacy Team works alongside politicians, grassroot organizations, and community members to enact change.
They strive to achieve menstrual equity through reform and legislation.
Bleed the North (formerly PERIOD Ontario) was founded by Isabela Rittinger in March 2020, at the start of the COVID-19 lockdown. Due to the stockpiling of period products in grocery stores during that time, the widespread effects of period poverty for individuals across Ontario was exacerbated by pandemic-induced panic-buying, which further motivated Isabela to push for better access to period products.
With newfound spare time and a longtime passion for menstrual equity, Isabela got to work in connecting with other like-minded individuals to work on this project. They quickly sensed interest and motivation from the community to help end period poverty and period stigma, leading the organization to expand from Durham Region to Ontario in May.
Since then, the Bleed the North team has been working tirelessly to provide period products to shelters across the province, advocating for menstrual legislation in Ontario parliament, and developing virtual educational campaigns.