Menstruation free from stigma

Knowing, caring, respecting and loving ourselves from childhood throughout life.

Mujeres Aliadas

Children and Youth

Our story

 

Yunuen is 11 years old and recently she got her first period and was very scared as she didn’t know what was happening to her body. Her mother scolded her, told her it was a topic she should not talk about, gave her some pads and said no more. The pads caused irritation and she got a vaginal infection because at school she couldn’t change due to the lack of doors in the bathrooms and the privacy to do so. Yunuen has many doubts and has no one to turn to.

 The decade of work in the Lake Pátzcuaro Basin has allowed us to meet girls (like Yunuen), adolescents and women who for lack of information live their menstruation with grief, fears and more discomforts than they should have to. That is why Mujeres Aliadas’ Teen Program has designed a workshop on menstruation. In the beginning, it emerged as an exclusive workshop for girls, however, we recently concluded that in order to liberate menstruation from all the stigma, it is necessary to include boys. It has been a great surprise to see the young boys begin to feel comfortable talking about what happens to our bodies as we grow up, and understand a little bit about what girls go through as they start to menstruate.

In one of the activities in our workshops, the girls make a drawing representing what menstruation means for each one of them. Generally, there are faces of sorrow, sadness, fear, and pain, accompanied by calendars, towels, pills, and symbols of ‘$$$’ money, (representing how hard it is for them to save money so that each month they can buy the products they need for their care).

With your help, throughout 2020 we want to teach 10 menstruation workshops that benefit a total of approximately 250 young adolescents. With your support, we want to see a transformation in the drawings that reflects a greater knowledge of themselves, their bodies, their cycle, and their person. We want the faces of sorrow, sadness, fear, and pain to disappear by opening a free space in which we speak of menstruation as a natural and cyclical process of which we must speak without fear, prejudice, shame or secrets. We intend to eliminate the symbol of money ‘$$$’ by providing workshops for the development of sanitary cloth pads, providing the necessary material so that each girl gets a kit of four reusable pads to help them save money and at the same time generate less waste.

Donate to this project and help us eliminate the stigma surrounding menstruation! Help us promote self-knowledge and self-care so that girls can learn at a young age to respect and love their bodies!

 




Updates

12/03/2019

With your help we’ve raised $3,912 USD (without counting the matching funds that I’m sure we will have)
Thank you everyone!!!



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Lisel Lifshitz

Mujeres Aliadas es una organización maravillosa. La labor que hacen es invualuable para las comunidades de Michoacán. Gracias!

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José Sánchez

Abrazamos una buena causa

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MIGUEL MALDONADO HERNANDEZ

Felicidades

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Anonymous

A great opportunity for young mexicanas y mexicanos to prepare for the future

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Eileen Wasow

Pleased and honored to support this organization.

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Phyllis Skaglund

good work!

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Ann Dusenberry & Brad Feidel

Keep up the great work!

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LISEL

Un granito de arena :)

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Iris Meza

¡Por una adolescencia informada, consciente y libre de prejuicios! Felicidades Mujeres Aliadas. Aquí una contribución de Dany e Iris.

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Dace Serafimovs

Every little bit helps.

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Katie Horowitz

Mujeres Aliadas is amazing, as is this campaign. Thank you for everything that you do for women and girls in Mexico 💜💜💜 Con amor y amistad 💜💜💜

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Orgullosa de ser parte de MA

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Marcia Parrino

xxo

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Barbara Mason

Barbara Mason

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Ondine Rosenthal

<3 Menstruación libre de estigmas<3

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Anonymous

CONGRATULATIONS MUJERES ALIADAS! KEEP ON THE GOOD WORK! Information is POWER!

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Tamara jay

Tanks for the difference you are making. Proud of you Tammy jay

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Linda Usdin

Gracias para su trabajo!

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Eugenia Guadalupe Garcia Gomez

Con todo Mujeres aliadas!

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Esperanza Gallardo

buen trabajo

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Ana Magaña

Menstruación libre e informada!

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Joseph J Kelleher

Trabajo innovador y desafiante. ¡Felicidades!

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Maureen Rosenthal

Love this project!!!

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Diana Patricia Chávez Ángeles

Me encanta esta campaña, creo que es esencial para las niñas.

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Sara Montrone

Great work!

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Catherine Ettinger

Continue the good work, Ondine

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Mujeres Aliadas son mejores Thanks for all you do!

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Pamela Avila

Buena suerte con este proyecto!

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Leah Whitehouse

Thanks for your work on this important cause.

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David Haun

Keep-up the great work!

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Jane Wholey

Given in gratitude for the excellent work you do with adolescents.

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Jane Wholy

Given with the highest regard for the excellent work M.A. does in Michoacan.

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Larry Wood

Thank you for all your good work.

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Emilia

Gracias por el trabajo que hacen para que las mujeres puedan vivir una vida saludable y plena!

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