Happy New Year!
Femme International had an amazing 2014, and we are more excited than ever for 2015! Highlights of the year include reaching over 500 young girls in Kenya and Tanzania, introducing a Boys Health Management Program in Moshi, TZ, participating in the world's first ever Menstrual Hygiene Day, and officially running programs in two countries!
On behalf of Femme's entire team, thank you so much for your continued support for our mission to use education and conversation to break down the menstrual taboo.
Contribute to our cause today!
Femme is in Tanzania!
Femme International is in Moshi, Tanzania! Our team arrived on the ground in October to begin running the Feminine Health Management Program with schoolgirls in the Kilimanjaro region, as well as run a pilot for our new Boys Health Education Program.
Femme first began work in Moshi in April, 2014 and we are excited to return this fall. Our Programs Team will be running two programs - the FHM and BHE programs with school girls and boys over the next two months. The community of Moshi is very different from Mathare, Nairobi and we are adapting our programs for more rural, agrarian beneficiaries. Femme will be working with a number of secondary schools in the surrounding communities, as well as several local community based organizations.
During these months, Femme is collaborating with partner Anza International to create large scale, sustainable and locally-driven programs.
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Join us at on Wednesday March 4th at Comedy Bar for The 3rd Annual Red Panty Diaries!!
We guarantee a hilarious night of comedy, feminism and charity, with all proceeds going towards our work in East Africa. The night features the talents of some of Toronto's sassiest comediennes: Jess Beaulieu, Natalie Norman, Zabrina Chevannes, Sara Hennessey, Kate Davis, hosted by Sarah Bruckschwaiger. You do not want to miss this!
Doors at 7:30, show starts at 8pm Tickets $15.
Get your tickets here!
Make a secure online donation and help Femme address the unique health and safety needs of women and girls in developing communities.
A contribution of $50 is all it takes to ensure a school girl in the slum of Mathare will have everything she needs to go to school and maintain her personal hygiene. Included in the cost is the completion of the Feminine Health Management Programme, which consists of educational workshops, a workbook, a lunchtime snack and a Femme Kit.
Each Femme Kit contains: Menstrual Cup; Bar of Soap; Soap Container; Small Towel; Logbook & Pencil; Tin Pot (safe for boiling water); Hand Mirror; Small Toiletries Bag
To learn more about Femme Kits and how you can help, click here.
"How Menstrual Cups Are Changing Lives in East Africa"
Menstrual cups create economic freedom and relieve the financial burden of menstruation. Without having to budget for sanitary pads each month, women are better able to provide for themselves and their families.
Giving a schoolgirl a menstrual cup means she no longer needs to leave school to find a latrine during the day. She is no longer afraid of leaking, and being mocked by her classmates. She can sit comfortably in class and participate in school activities. She no longer needs to skip breakfast to buy pads.
Read the full article here.
Our very own Nice Kirumu, FHM Program Facilitator (Tanzania) writes about her first experiences with a menstrual cup!
The first time I heard about a menstrual cup was when I was volunteering with Anza International here in Moshi.