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?