Celebrating Menstrual Hygiene Day in Toronto!
Join Femme International and Wash Canada in on May 19th for a very special event to celebrate Menstrual Hygiene Day!
Menstrual Hygiene Day is a global initiative of NGOs across all sectors coming together to engage in action, advocacy and knowledge sharing about menstrual health and hygiene. Spearheaded by Wash United in 2013, MH Day has quickly grown into a movement with over 100 partners!
Menstruation is fundamental to the health, education, human rights and economic status of women and girls around the world, and the issue must be included in the larger WASH dialogue.
To mark the occasion, Femme and Wash Canada are joining together to host a VIP Reception and Screening of the acclaimed documentary 'Menstrual Man' at the Tiff Bell Lightbox in downtown Toronto. The event begins at 6:00pm.
Tickets will be available beginning on May 5th, available at the Tiff Bell Lightbox Box Office or over the phone.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
National Volunteer Week 2015 -THANK YOU
This week, Canada is celebrating National Volunteer Week to recognize and celebrate the efforts of dedicated volunteers across Canada. Femme is lucky enough to have an incredible group of hard working and passionate volunteers in many sectors that have contributed in a big way to Femme's growth and success!
Femme is lucky to have the expertise of so many talented individuals, and we are so grateful for their contributions!