This event is a special screening of the Bollywood blockbuster, “Pad Man”, the true story of one man’s journey to bring sanitary hygiene to women in India. The screening will be a catalyst for public awareness and discussion of taboos surrounding menstruation, and a message of hope and inspiration for all women who struggle for access to appropriate sanitary hygiene in their communities. Even North America has a sanitary hygiene crisis, as women who suffer from heavy menstrual bleeding due to medical conditions such as uterine fibroids, have no access to products that can contain their colossal flows. As a result, they face lost pay due to days off work, increased expenses due to doubling, tripling or quadrupling their supplies, public embarrassment due to leaking at work, home or during social occasions and social isolation due to stay home rather than risk leaks. This event is intended to raise awareness of the North American and third world crises surrounding feminine hygiene management. Proceeds from the screening will go to the Shirley E. Greenberg Women’s Health Centre at The Ottawa Hospital for research and patient care of women’s gynecological conditions. The event is being sponsored by HMB FemCare, a social enterprise in Ottawa, Canada dedicated to providing access to appropriate feminine hygiene to women with heavy menstrual bleeding, in order to increase their confidence and dignity and help restore their mental, emotional, physical and financial quality of life while they await diagnosis and treatment.