Decatur Turns Red Saturday

Businesses are helping a local group raise money for women in developing nations who don't have sanitary pads.

You can expect to see a lot of the color red in downtown Decatur this weekend.

On Saturday, about three dozen restaurants and businesses are pitching in to help 50 Cents. Period, a group of women in developing nations and African women who've moved to the Atlanta area.

Participating businesses will put red balloons out front.

Here's part of a press release that explains what is happening.

50 Cents. Period’s mission is to help further the education of girls in or from developing countries by providing sanitary products, facilities and health education to young women who would otherwise miss a week of school a month during menstruation for lack of funds.

The cost of these sanitary supplies at two pilot schools in Hyderabad, India, is just 50 cents a month per girl. 

“50 cents can literally change the future for these girls,” said Ann VanSlyke of and a founder of 50 Cents. Period. “Typically, once the girls in poor communities begin their periods, they fall further and further behind in their studies, drop out and start having children. Something so simple as support for issues around menstruation can mean greater access to education, creating pathways out of poverty for whole families.” 

Following the theme of the day, Turn DecatuRED, participating  businesses on October 22 will devote proceeds from the sale of certain items for the day or donate a percentage of the day’s profits, among other creative ideas. The businesses will be flagged with red balloons and red sidewalk chalk.

If you're downtown, you may run into volunteers who are working as  “reducators;” they'll give you information and answer questions. You can also hear music from groups such as , an all-woman percussion group.

Check out 50 Cents. Period's website for a complete list of participating businesses.


Julia Ewen October 21, 2011 at 10:47 PM
I think this is great. Biology should not deprive anybody of an equal opportunity to education and advancement! However, the use of sanitary napkins in locations unused to their use brings up a question: does part of the education funding go to the issue of proper disposal of used napkins? I can see girls getting banned from schools on grounds that their used napkins are creating sanitation problems. Many places in rural areas don't have toilets. People just go behind a bush. Does one bury one's used napkin on the spot? what does that do to the environment? Does one put them into a trash can in the classroom? That has obvious problems. Let's do the whole job. Not just part of it while we are at it.


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