The provincial government is supplying nine women’s resource centres with free period packs to commemorate International Day of the Girl.

Sustainable Development Minister Rochelle Squires says the province allocated 4500 dollars for period packs that contain tampons, pads, and deodorant.

The packs are going out to Swan Valley Crisis Centre in Swan River, Lakeshore Women’s Resource Centre in Ashern, Interlake Women’s Resource Centre in Gimli, Women’s Safe Haven in Flin Flon, Women’s Resource Centre in Brandon, and Fort Garry Women’s Resource Centre, North End Women’s Centre, Pluri-elles Manitoba, and West Central Women’s Resource Centre in Winnipeg.

October 11th has been International Day of the Girl since 2012 when the United Nations declared it.

The day was created to provide an opportunity to recognize young women around the world as important citizens and powerful voices of change.

Celebrations provide an opportunity to highlight the rights of girls, and to advocate for greater action and investment to enable girls to reach their full potential.