The Crimson Movement
Organyc is proud to support the Crimson Movement in their goal of promoting a healthy, positive view of menstruation across the globe, and working to improve societies understanding of menstruation.
In particular, Organyc is working with the Crimson Movement on their Purse Pad and educational awareness project in Papua New Guinea. Through a series of workshops in Papua New Guinea the Crimson Movement teaches women and girls to make their own re-usable, eco-friendly sanitary pads and trains them on the following topics
– HIV and AIDS
– Sexually Transmitted Infections
– Women’s Reproductive Health and Rights
– Family Planning
– Women’s Health and Hygeine
In rural areas of Papua New Guinea menstruation poses a significant barrier to young women’s education, with a lack of access to clean water and private toilet facilities meaning that many girls may avoid school altogether during their periods. Educating girls has profound benefits, including reduced likelihood of teenage pregnancy, improved sexual and reproductive health outcomes, and the ability to earn an income.
Cycling to Grandma’s House
A powerful new Australian children’s book is breaking a long held taboo by tackling the issue of menstruation and menarche (the first menstrual bleed by a woman).
Cycling to Grandma’s House is written by award winning community development practitioner, teacher and writer Jac Torres-Gomez, with illustrations by Erin-Claire Barrow.
Jac Torres-Gomez wrote the book to help parents, carers and teachers start talking to children about menstruation in an interesting, open and positive way.
Currently, there is a lack of educational, mainstream information and dialogue around menstruation throughout the world. Too often, young girls receive no information at all about menstruation and are left to cope alone and, often, in fear.
Cycling to Grandma’s House is a cheerful and adventurous story that follows Luna on her quest to discover the most incredible thing about being a girl.
The delightful picture book allows children to become more familiar with the meaning of menarche and helps reduce any anxiety and fear related to this time. It also introduces children to some basic cultural celebrations related to menstruation.
Cycling to Grandma’s House includes helpful tips and notes for parents and educators to make starting this crucial discussion with children that much easier.
For more information visit: http://crimsonmovement.com/home/projects/cycling-to-grandmas-house/