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Breaking The Silence of Menstruation Through Storytelling: Please Share Your Stories!

LEPA Initiative (Leading Everyone to Participate in Africa) is breaking the silence surrounding menstruation through story-telling and we need your help.

While 300 million women and girls worldwide menstruate each day, this natural occurrence remains highly stigmatized. In addition, the unaffordability of, and access to sanitary products makes it difficult for young girls and women to manage their period/menses in a private, safe, clean and dignified way.

For example, 48 % of girls in Iran regard menstrual pain as a disease", in Ghana, girls miss up to 5 days of school due to poor/inadequate sanitation facilities, and in rural India, many women/girls use unsanitary materials such rags, and newspapers to absorb menstrual blood. Therefore, to end the stigma, promote positive health outcomes, and ensure a more equitable, dignified and inclusive future for young girls/women around the world, we need to break the silence surrounding menstruation.

To accomplish this, LEPA is utilizing the power of storytelling to explore the menstrual narratives of women, and asks that women share their first menstrual experience or what they remember of it. These stories will debut as individual or thematic blog entries and will be published under “Our Bodies, Our Stories: Celebrating the Menstrual Narratives of Womanhood” on www.lepainitiative.wordpress.com. Please share your story through the attached link and forward this request far and wide.

Looking forward to hearing from you all. Thank you!

Comments

ikirimat's picture

I like your initiative LEPA I

I like your initiative LEPA
I will surely share with you this story
We surely need to begin this conversation and dymistify myths and misconception surrounding it

Grace Ikirimat

"It takes the hammer of persistence to drive the nail of success."


LEPA's picture

Thank You!

Your quote : "It takes the hammer of persistence to drive the nail of success." fits perfectly in the fight towards breaking the silence surrounding menstruation and providing a safe, dignified, and accessible options for menstruation management for young girls and women.

Looking forward to sharing more outcomes with you and reading your stories!.
Thank you!!

Deborah Dauda, Artist. Educator. Activist.

Raquel Jacobs's picture

I Love!!

This is a beautiful initiative.

I ran a project around menstruation some years ago and resuming this year.

Have a blast and keep making an impact.

Go girl

Sisterly,

Raquel Jacobs
Beyond the Classroom Foundation

*BTC is committed to improving the teaching and learning of less privileged children in public schools* 
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LEPA's picture

Thank you sister!

Wow, that's amazing Raquel.

I will like more information about your work. What's your tool/mode of intervention? - I will also be checking out the website/blog on your page.
Thank you so much for the kind words. Many blessings to you!

Deborah Dauda, Artist. Educator. Activist.

Sherna Alexander's picture

Beautiful

What a beautiful initiative, continue to encourage women to share and educate girls about their body. Keep sharing, keep using your voice.

Regards,

Sherna Alexander Benjamin
Sister in Unity, Technology, Service, and Voice

"Breaking the Silence is not a popular choice, it is the right choice"
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Emily Garcia's picture

Possible connections

Hello Deborah!

How are you? Thank you so much for sharing this opportunity with our community!

I thought you might be interested in connecting with other women here on World Pulse that are also working to break the silence around menstruation and provide girls with sanitary pads.

I know of the following three women doing this good work:

Urmila Chanam (India): https://worldpulse.com/user/3715
Olutosin Oladosu-Adebowale (Nigeria): https://worldpulse.com/user/1037
Sahro Ahmed (Somalia): https://worldpulse.com/user/10793

Hoping this message finds you well.

Warmly,
Emily

Emily Garcia
World Pulse Online Community Lead

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