MH Day 2017

Tomorrow is the 4th official Menstrual Hygiene Day. As always, it occurs on May 28th and that date is chosen very specifically to represent the 5 days an average woman bleeds out of every 28.

This years theme is education and how important proper menstruation and menstrual hygiene education is. Girls need to understand why they get periods and what they signify and how to best manage their flow based on their circumstances. The more we talk about these things openly, the less stigma surrounds them. The Menstrual Hygiene Day team has created the hashtag #menstrucation which is a play on the words menstruation and education and I think it's perfect. If you're going to share anything on social media, please try and use that hashtag. Let's see if we can get it trending so the whole world knows important it is.

I received an email yesterday from the Menstrual Hygiene Day team and they announced a new alliance between WASH United, Simavi and Global Citizen. 

 The Mission of this new alliance is:

By 2030, menstruation will be a normal fact of life. Every woman and girl will be able to manage her menstruation hygienically, with confidence, with dignity and without stigma.
Visit The Menstrual Hygiene Alliance for more information and to get involved. 

Visit The Menstrual Hygiene Alliance for more information and to get involved. 

To further accelerate progress in menstrual hygiene globally, we need to ensure that the topic is a priority not just on MH Day, but every day. That’s why we’re creating the MH Alliance: to catalyse collaboration and coordinated action for MHM all year round. We’re inviting everyone to join and work together to help empower women and girls by making menstruation a normal fact of life. It’s bloody time.”
— Thorsten Kiefer, CEO, WASH United

As Feby is a partner in Menstrual Hygiene Day, we are now also a proud and honoured member of this new alliance.

I have been a member and huge fan of Global Citizen for a few years now and totally respect and encourage all the initiatives this organization does to make the world a better place. I am looking forward to the coming weeks to learn how I can do my little part to help make their ambitious mission concerning better menstrual education and hygiene a reality.

In the meantime, check for events happening in your area and/or make it a point to do something, however small, to help girls become better educated and less embarrassed about menstruation on May 28th. 

 

 

Empowerment Starts Young

Hello beautiful people! I hope April was good to you and that like me, you're delighted to welcome the month of May and all the positive things that come along with it...flowers, warm weather, birdsong, kids returning from college for the summer, longer days and a cheerful optimism.

April was super busy and oh-so-good. My favourite day was just this past Friday where I was once again fortunate to attend the Sister2Sister conference in downtown Toronto. The event brings together grade 8 female students from 8 public schools in a low-income district of this fair city.  The morning was filled with workshops galore and I hosted the "Menstrual Management" one with Angele from DivaCup.

We had a lot to cover in just an hour including the basics of menstruation, all the different products available to manage it including disposable pads and tampons, reusable pads (I had the audacity to bring in samples that I sewed myself and believe me when I say I am nothing like Martha Stewart so they were more than slightly imperfect!!), and the DivaCup.

The girls in attendance were young, with most being just 13, and new to periods and still adjusting to their changing womanly bodies. The faces some of them made while we demonstrated (with our hands acting a fill-in vaginas) how to insert and use tampons and menstrual cups were priceless and completely understandable. Being comfortable with your body is a learning curve that some full-grown women are still scaling so it's no surprise that these newly teenage girls were a little reluctant to discuss their lady bits but by simply attending workshops like this one, the chance they will become more comfortable in their own skin in heightened. After all, being informed and comfortable in your own body is empowering.  Honestly, I wish there had been something like this when I was a young, don't you? 

5 Must Read Books

There is nothing quite as empowering as reading

and there is nothing quite as enjoyable as curling up with a good book, one that introduces you to unique and compelling characters who struggle with circumstances you can never imagine, or perhaps can imagine only too well as something similar happened to you. Hopefully by the end of the story you have made a new or two. Studies show that reading novels builds empathy, as we learn about the conflicts other people (either real or imagined) have survived and we learn a little about humanity and feel part of something bigger than our own little lives.   

Below are some books I've recently read and enjoyed thoroughly and hope you may as well. The heroines of the novels are all young and sassy and their voices ring authentic and heartfelt and spending time with them was a real treat. 

These books are not necessarily recent releases, just ones I've recently read so the pleasure of their company is fresh in my mind and I wanted to share.     

 

Happy reading beautiful people! 

I hope April is good for you. 

 

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