Let’s talk about this: #period #noshame #MenstrualHealthMatters @caitfigueiredo #DignityDreams

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An article in The Guardian states: “When it comes to menstrual hygiene, you would think our society was stuck in the 1950s.” [Caitlin Figueiredo]

Recent research among 2.000 woman in Australia showed that 7 out of 10 felt uncomfortable to talk about their period with male co-workers and only 1 in 3 felt happy to discuss their period with female bosses. 75% of the school girls involved with the research refuse to discuss their period with male teachers and half of them feel reluctant to talk to female teachers about it. [The Guardian]

The same is, of course, true here in South Africa. Menstruation is seen as ‘women’s business’ and discussing it openly is unthinkable. In some cultures, your period is seen as ‘making you unclean’.

The problem is that with this silence, comes ignorance and misinformation. Educating our girls is paramount to cultivating female health and will go a long way to cast light into the shadow of superstition surrounding menstruation.

In an effort to create awareness and to bring about change in the thwarted opinions on menstruation,  Plan International UK and Plan Australia have launched a campaign to introduce a period emoji [The Guardian].

In our own country, organizations like Dignity Dreams are supporting menstrual health education and awareness. Not only do they distribute reusable sanitary pads, but they’ve recently printed a booklet called “My Body No Shame”, which will help girls understand the mechanics of their bodies and prove to them that having your period is no need to feel ashamed or embarrassed.

Your contribution will help Dignity Dreams in their work. If you want to order the booklet (it comes in two sizes: A5 and A6), order sanitary packs for your local school or if you just want to give a donation, please visit their website here.

As Caitlin Figueiredo writes in The Guardian: “If we’re going to make any progress to achieve gender equality, we need to first encourage people to talk about their period and to challenge the idea that there is a “problem” with menstruation and girls’ bodies.

It’s time to stop discriminating against a bodily function that makes humankind a possibility. Let’s say it loud and clear and often: there’s no shame in menstruating.” You can read her article here.

SOURCES:

  1. A period emoji could help girls talk about menstruation. That would be a big deal.  [Web:] The Guardian: bit.ly/2reFLSz
  2. Dignity Dreams on Facebook. 2017. Booklet: My Body No Shame post on 8 Aug.

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#AugustKindnessChallenge #Day 18

Day 18

You’ve all seen them, those beggars with the ‘Will work for food’-signs at the street corners. Why not take an apple or a sandwich from the kitchen today. While you’re picking up the kids from school or on your way to work, just roll down your window and give the food to him or her.

Yes, I can hear you saying: “But they don’t want food, they want money. They want to spend it on drugs and drink…”…and so on. That, my friends, is NOT YOUR PROBLEM. As long as you take the time to give something to that person, however it is received is of no consequence.

Remember, giving with a good, honest heart, without expecting anything in return is very fulfilling. The point is that you made the effort.

Good luck!! And share your stories of kindness. Complete the contact form below and tell your story.

 

Support #TheSweetheartsFoundation and give the gift of movement @wheelchair4love

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How many bottle tops or bread tags does it take to ‘make’ a wheelchair? I suppose you’ve wondered about that, especially since every time you drop some off, it seems like such a small contribution. People have been bringing their tops and tags to me for about two years now and I still don’t have enough for a wheelchair! Thing is, it takes 450kg bottle tops and 50kg bread tags before a wheelchair can be secured. So your little bit really counts; it is all those small boxes and bags of tags and tops that adds up to eventually giving the gift of movement to a disabled person.

Watch the video below to find out more about this initiative.

Don’t stop collecting tops and tags, please and do get in touch if I must collect (only Pretoria, though). Visit their website to find out where to drop off in other areas.

Remember, it is NOT HOW MUCH you give, it is THAT YOU CARE TO GIVE AT ALL!!

#AugustKindnessChallenge #Day17

DAY 17

When was the last time you told your spouse you loved him or her? Can you remember telling your best friend that you appreciate and love her?

Well, today you must make a POINT of doing so! You don’t have to buy flowers or chocolates or take your companion out to dinner, no, just tell them, face to face, that you love them, appreciate them and care for them.

Try it, you will see, it is not only them who will feel all warm and fuzzy, you will too!