JOIN THE MENSTRUAL REVOLUTION
British newspaper ‘The Guardian’ defined menstrual activism in 2009 as a “term used to describe a whole range of actions, not all considered political by the person involved: simple efforts to speak openly about periods, radical affronts to negative attitudes and campaigns for more environmentally friendly sanitary products.”
Activism is speaking out for change, whatever the issue.
I believe that real change is an inside job; first educating ourselves, being open-minded, reflective, discerning. Then going out there and opening up conversations with the people we meet (with no expectations or need to be right!). I don’t pretend to know all the answers about the issues I am passionate about; I accept that I’m constantly learning.
We live in a time where unrivalled information is available to us. Rightly so, people continue to question the power and structures that form our society, often invisibly insidiously supported by politicians and huge corporations. These systems leave many people completely under-resourced in the most basic necessities, and the environment in ruins.
I feel angry at the injustices, powerlessness and at the taboos which are perpetuated by this society. I want things to change. Often I feel so helpless to do so.
So I’ve learned not make it a solo mission. Networking, volunteering locally, ‘joining forces’ with people of similar interests. These ways really uplift and help me engage with any kind of activism more creatively and with way more humour.
Little by little
Good news! We can change the outside when we change the inside; we can do that a little bit at a time. We have a choice what to think, buy, eat, watch, speak about, buy into. Sometimes the wisest choice is non-action; still a form of activism.
When our inner fire is blazing we light candles of positivity wherever we go. Talk to people, support online campaigns, fund-raising…. whatever it is you do, don’t lose sight of what’s important to you. Do good only for the sake of doing good.
Reusable Menstrual Hygiene Products
Sadly there’s so much suffering in the world, but I’ve chosen to concentrate on supporting the message of organisations who promote the use of reusable cloth pads or menstrual cups to help the environment. Click here to read more about the sad truth of our menstrual waste; it’s worth a look.
Contact me if you’d like me to present at your event.
Eco Femme in India have been instrumental for me. They welcomed me with open arms when I came to Auroville to volunteer, and I witnessed first hand all the committed and amazing work they do. EcoFemme donates pads to women and girls who could not otherwise afford them, deliver workshops at local schools with follow-up sessions months later, they also have a team of Ambassadors round the world. The woman that tailor their pads are from local rural communities and their pads are bright and beautiful.
I’ve organised local make your own cloth pad workshops to spread the word to the women around me, made videos which have stretched me past my comfort zone, and have spoken about Ecofemme at festivals in the past to spread awareness, and spoken and demo’d them at numerous circles and groups.
Magical Menstrual Tour – Click here
Newcastle Vegan festival about Eco-activism – Click here
EcoFemme’s cloth pads for sale at Trigonos our local Retreat Centre – Click here
10 reasons I feel fortunate on Menstrual Hygiene Day – Click here
My video about using and caring for cloth pads:
“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” Marie Curie.