'Being A Girl'
Our field staff in Nairobi made a remarkable short film that gives us insight in the monthly struggle of menstruation faced by young women in Nairobi's Mathare slum.
It also demonstrates the impact that the Feminine Health Management Program is having on these girls! Having access to something like a Ruby Cup helps the girls feel safe and confident, and helps them attend school, every day of the month.
Creating Safe Spaces for Girls
Talking about sexual and reproductive health with students is always a little bit awkward, even in the best of situations! Having these discussions within a culture that often considers anything related to reproductive health to be taboo, can be particularly challenging – and incredibly important.
A big part of the Feminine Health Management Program is establishing a safe space for girls to talk, and ask questions about their bodies. Learn more about why we believe that education and conversation are the most powerful tools to affect lasting change.
via Girls Globe.
Menstrual Hygiene Day - Let's End the Taboo!
May 28th might be our favorite day of the year - 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. It is a critical component to women's health that is continually overlooked, with harmful and unfair consequences.
It is only by starting the conversation about menstruation that the taboo will be broken, and it can cease to be a barrier to young women around the world. #MenstruationMatters. Period!
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.
Kiran Gandhi made headlines around the world earlier this month when she ran the London Marathon while on her period, choosing to bleed freely instead of use a tampon. In the process, she stood up for women around the world who are so often silenced during their cycles, and inspiring women around the world to start talking openly about their periods. Her actions brought much needed attention to a taboo subject, and helped start a global conversation about menstruation. She certainly inspired Femme's team!
I was lucky enough to be able to chat with Kiran Gandhi and ask her a few questions about her experience!
5 Reasons Why We Believe Menstrual Cups are an Ideal Solution for Women in Developing Communities
Menstruation is a huge reason why girls in developing communities miss school, often because they don't have access to feminine hygiene products, and the alternative methods they resort to are ineffective. Femme distributes menstrual cups because we believe they are the best option for women. Here are a few reasons why: