The New Year brings with it the opportunity to pause, and look at what you want to create for 2018. To examine your values, and the way that you work as an individuals and as a collective of individuals looking to make change.
Well – the pause and quiet period of examination is officially over here at Mother Nature Partnership. Our sleeves are rolled up, as we begin to make our dreams for the year a reality.
We have two exciting announcements that are part of that reality – and most importantly the IMPACT – that we are creating in 2018.
First – we will be running our program in Cameroon this March! This means arming girls and women with the information and supplies that they need to live their lives to the fullest. In our workshops, we will focus on our culturally-appropriate curriculum of female empowerment, gender equality and menstrual hygiene 101. We know that girls are often left behind in school at the onset of puberty, because they lack the menstrual supplies that will mean attending school with dignity. And women too often have to miss work and lose essential income, because menstrual supplies are prohibitively expensive. This is unjust. To combat that, all participants in the program will have the choice of reusable menstrual supplies that work for them – either a kit of reusable pads, or a reusable menstrual cup.
Which brings us to our second announcement. We are over the moon to share some big news: a new partnership with Ruby Cup! We have been fans of theirs for a long time now, and are ready to embark on a new partnership with them to reach more girls and women. Like us, they are working to promote menstrual health in countries in the Global South while also transforming how people in the Global North manage their periods. Through their Buy One, Give One program, for every cup sold they will donate another cup to a girl or woman who doesn’t have access to the menstrual products she needs. Like us, they are focused on partnerships between menstruators, and on reducing our collective impact on the planet.
Through this new partnership, Ruby Cup will be providing reusable menstrual cups to Mother Nature Partnership, which will be distribute directly to women and girls in Cameroon in March. It is about partnership – between organizations, between menstruators, between people and our planet.
We can’t wait to share in this journey with Ruby Cup, and with all of our supporters. Stay tuned on ways you can get involved. (Hint – epic event for March is in the works!)
Bells and whistles aside, what matters to me at the end of the day is that we live in hard times and it can be overwhelming. It can feel like we don’t know what to do. Then I remember that it is a new, unwritten year that we can fill with good intentions, backed by a good plan and good partners. I remember that providing menstrual health INFORMATION, ACCESS and CHOICE is a tangible way that we can make a world of difference for a fellow human. We can help her realize her right – to health, and to dignity.