Females in the homeless community face a challenge in menstrual health, where menstrual products are a ‘luxury’, not a necessity, and shelter provided menstrual products are limited. Through using alternate materials to manage their periods women increase the likelihood of toxic shock syndrome and other life-threatening health risks. To make this social innovation system work to benefit women the most, ethnography research and deep hanging with women in the homeless community to build a trustful connection will be crucial in finding out how they want the system to operate.
FemConnect is a project that enables women with no fixed address to have menstrual supplies bought directly to them through a volunteer network. Empowering women through the creation of a handbag with an electronic GPS aspect built into the bag, it gives women an item to care for and an object that works to send out their location to trusted volunteers to bring them items crucial to their sexual health.