Posts tagged #menstruation education

International Women's Day 2019

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Today is International Women’s Day and while I recognize that it is wonderful and necessary to allocate a specific day to recognize the contributions and tribulations of women all over the world, I honestly feel like every day is women’s day. I suppose this mostly stems from the fact that my invention, business and day-to-day existence revolves around empowering women across the globe.

Ever since I committed myself and livelihood to this enterprise of providing young women with information about all the phases of the menstrual cycle, I have been cognizant that this applies to ALL women across this lovely planet we call home. Menstrucation (a new word coined to combine menstruation and education) is a global issue and many people wrongly assume that women in the developed world are well-informed. Unfortunately, that is a gross overstatement and to perpetuate it does everyone a disservice. While it is true that some women, regardless of where they are located, possess detailed knowledge, that is often the exception and not the norm. These educated girls were exceptionally lucky because they spent time with a caring and forthright teacher, parent, sibling, friend, mentor or relation who recognized the importance of explaining the cycle in correct and factual detail. In my experience, most people are uncomfortable discussing periods and thus they rush the lesson(s) or joke around during it. In a perfect world, all girls would enjoy a thorough education regarding their amazing bodies and would receive this in a setting that is conducive to discussion and not embarrassment. We all know that the world is not perfect and so my mission is ongoing.

Today it came to my attention that the marvellous Annie Lennox has launched a #GlobalFeminism initiative and I am fully onboard with this as menstrucation is a global issue. Check out the recently released video highlighting the need for this campaign.

There are thousands of events happening in my city and around the world today to celebrate International Women’s Day. Regrettably I am under the weather and staying home but I wonder, are you doing anything special today in honour of International Women’s Day?

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. 

 

 

Happy Holidays!



As the year comes to a close, I'd like to take the opportunity to thank you, for your support, enthusiasm and belief that educating girls about their menstrual cycle and the changes that occur all month long, both physically and emotionally, is an important cause.

Indeed, it was just revealed by a study conducted by Oxford University that girls in Africa are 17% more likely to stay in school if they are given two simple things - pads to manage their menstruation and an education about puberty including menstruation. That's a pretty powerful statistic and speaks volumes about the importance of a young girl understanding her body.

Of course, it's not just African girls that need this knowledge. Girls all over the world are often left uninformed or perhaps worse, misinformed, about what exactly happens every day of the month and why.

Let's continue to change this one day at a time, one girl at a time, and persist in smashing the shame that still lingers around this most natural occurrence.

I hope you enjoy yourself this holiday season, and find time to appreciate how amazing you are.  

 

Posted on December 24, 2016 .