EMPOWERED: Days for Girls
Updated: May 26, 2020
I remember the first few indicating moments of when womanhood came knocking, including the memory of getting my first moon cycle. And by moon cycle, I mean period.
I thought I was dying and I burst out in tears because it felt like I was living a nightmare, like what the actual fr*ck, who designed this natural system? I hated myself for being a girl because I wasn't prepared for what was about to happen to my body.
I reached out to my mom who was able to get me set-up with the products and some knowledge that I needed and that was that. My journey as a woman had begun on that day and it kept going to become the beautiful kick-ass fem bod it is now.
I didn't always have a positive perception of myself and what it was to be female. I wondered why my body had to change so much, and why cramps had hurt so bad. Why did I have to take all the pain of having children one day, is it even worth it? Is my body even something to care for, or is it an object to keep clean for the subjection of others.
It took me some learning and life to understand that my perception needed to change. but I needed more strong women in my life, simple as that. Role-models. I needed to learn more about what it meant to be a woman.
I considered that all to be a very uncomfortable experience as part of my younger days, but what I had to go through was not comparable to what some young women have to go through in other parts of the world.
Imagine if the very first time and every time you were to menstruate, you would be required to stay in an isolated room for 1 week with no communication to the outside world or social events, and no supplies to help you get through this, only patience. Perhaps where you were staying was also unsafe, making matters worse.
What kind of self image do you think that would create?
Although there still is an active ancient practice of Chhaupadi present in many communities today, the tradition is beginning to change as women gain the knowledge, supplies, and safe spaces that they need for their moon cycles through the Days for Girls foundation. This practice, along with other taboos around menstruation plays a sufficient role in the contributing factor to the oppression that many women still face.
In countries like Nepal, when a woman begins her moon cycle, she is told to go and reside with the cows in the shed, as menstruation is sinful and should be kept hidden. A natural occurrence for females has been labeled bad, and to a young learning mind that's a negative way to think about your own body.
Turning Periods Into Pathways shows us that empowering women with a safe space, education, and the appropriate hygiene products for young women around the world creates a change in even the simplest of ways, ultimately carrying out its success over time onto bigger breakthroughs for females everywhere. The Days for Girls Foundation are slowly changing the lives of women everywhere. Period.
Today, Days for Girls has reached more than1.7 millionwomen and girls in125+ countrieswith DfG Kits and menstrual health education. This translates into over 115 million days of dignity, health, and opportunity!
Changing the norm of the culture around women is not easy, and it's not always graceful but it's necessary and evolutionary. By providing young girls with this access, they can empower themselves for an extra 12 weeks of every year, sometimes more than that as a lot of time can be lost to the natural cycle of being a woman.
As someone who seriously struggles with the relationship I have with my uterus, I think this human need is crucial to the changes in our modern world moving forward.
By doing the simple act of donating, sharing, or contributing to the cause you can empower women worldwide in hundreds of ways. I plan on creating a plan on how I will provide a contribution of my own.
Days for Girls and doTERRA are really showing off all the incredible movements that this company really participate in. I am so in love with this privilege to help, and I cant wait to see what the future holds for the Days for Girls Foundation and the Herbal Humans.
Something that caught my attention recently, is the fact that many Canadian women of indigenous backgrounds are left without the appropriate sanitary products as they are cut off from major areas of economic development. They require charter planes to fly in and bring them goods if they can afford the bill attached to it. Often these communities rely on donations from outsiders. Charter planes can often create heavy fees that cause delays in having the appropriate supplies as needed. Supplies might not even get there in time.
In the next upcoming months, I am going to be putting my best foot forward in participating in the aid of women in our beautiful Canadian country, especially those of indigenous descent. It means a lot to me that we are all supported, and I plan on contributing to the change. I don't know exactly how I can help just yet, but I know I will be helping out somewhere.
I just wanted to plant this seed here.
If you'd like to join me and the herbal human(s) or make a contribution to the future cause please reach out to email@example.com
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REFERENCES AND LINKS:
Days for Girls Main Page: https://www.daysforgirls.org/
DoTERRA Healing Hands Foundation: https://doterrahealinghands.org/