Menstrual Education Campaign 2019
What is it?
BabyFist’s Menstrual Education Campaign is a project aiming to expand young girls’ access to menstrual education to in public schools throughout the West Bank. in 2018, we hosted 2 workshops and educated 150 girls. In each workshop, the girls receive preliminary supplies such as pads. They also engage in activities to challenge the taboos about menstruation, sexuality, and womanhood.
Why is this necessary?
Menstrual and sex education is currently missing from the curriculum in public schools. This means that unless their parents educate them, young girls grow up with little or incorrect knowledge about their bodies and their sexuality. It also results in a taboo around the issue which stigmatizes womanhood, makes women feel ashamed of their bodies.
We have organized a grassroots workshop for menstruation and sexuality to be held in public schools. The workshop is led by local Palestinian women including a doctor, pharmacist, and visual artist. The funding for these workshops comes through an online crowd-funding campaign.
In 2019, we are aiming to host this workshop with 1000 fifth and sixth grade school girls. The workshop will include biological education about menstruation/sexuality and artistic education to de-stigmatize womanhood.
The workshop is designed to educate about the body and de-stigmatize menstruation:
the doctor presents about the biological reasoning for the period and the bodily changes which occur with puberty. She presents it in a positive light in which the process is not only natural but beautiful.
an artistic activity is held in which the girls draw how they see themselves. Some examples of previous drawings include mothers, flowers, and mosques.
a final activity is held in which the girls interact with the reality that they can do and be anything
The Cost Breakdown
Per workshop: 1500 NIS (430 USD)
Total for 2019: 15,000 NIS (4,300 USD
What are the funds for?
Baggies for pads
We are raising money not only make this campaign a reality but to make it as successful and impactful as possible. For those looking donate, please click the button below. Please consider sharing this campaign so it reaches that many more people. Change comes on the ground when entire communities (even those spread across the globe) mobilize around a common issue.