To Women, With Love

Happy International Women’s Day! To mark this most important of days, we want to say a heartfelt THANK YOU to the many women who work with us to realize a world in which every girl is free to live to her fullest potential, in harmony with Mother Nature.

Thank you to the teachers, mentors, donors, partners and friends who all play a role in the world we are creating.

Thank you to every woman and girl out there who is raising her voice, being her brave self, fighting the good fight, and being a part of a relentless movement for equality.

To say thank you, we want to share a few favourite photos from our project in Cameroon to celebrate women everywhere. And to all the women out there today – keep fighting and speaking out and singing and marching.

A teacher hands out reusable pads to students in Wabane District in Cameroon.

A teacher hands out reusable pads to students in Wabane District in Cameroon.

A teacher sorts through Afripads from Lunapads and underwear to make sure every girl gets the right supplies for her.

A teacher sorts through Afripads from Lunapads and underwear to make sure every girl gets the right supplies for her.

A young woman helps register a younger student for our program, to make sure we understand her unique needs for knowledge and reusable menstrual supplies.

A young woman helps register a younger student for our program, to make sure we understand her unique needs for knowledge and reusable menstrual supplies.

A group of teachers in Wabane District gather with our Executive Director Irene Whittaker-Cumming after a successful workshop. These women are the rock of their schools and communities.

A group of teachers in Wabane District gather with our Executive Director Irene Whittaker-Cumming after a successful workshop. These women are the rock of their schools and communities.

A young woman participant in our program shows off her brand new Femmecup. Every girl has the choice between reusable pads or a cup, depending on what works for her.

A young woman participant in our program shows off her brand new Femmecup. Every girl has the choice between reusable pads or a cup, depending on what works for her.

A group of smiling young women show off their menstrual cups after a fun workshop together. Often we find that younger girls prefer reusable pads, while adolescent girls and women often decide on menstrual cups. But, of course, the decision is personal and varies from person to person.

A group of smiling young women show off their menstrual cups after a fun workshop together. Often we find that younger girls prefer reusable pads, while adolescent girls and women often decide on menstrual cups. But, of course, the decision is personal and varies from person to person.

This teacher takes care of her baby and teaches a large class of girls about their health and bodies. What a force.

This teacher takes care of her baby and teaches a large class of girls about their health and bodies. What a force.

Stella has been a pivotal part of our girls program in Cameroon. She taught workshops, cooked delicious meals, and helped broaden our program to rural women in the community.

Stella has been a pivotal part of our girls program in Cameroon. She taught workshops, cooked delicious meals, and helped broaden our program to rural women in the community.

This pregnant woman shares her ideas and insights with other teachers as part of a women's focus group we hosted in Wabane District.

This pregnant woman shares her ideas and insights with other teachers as part of a women’s focus group we hosted in Wabane District.

Stella takes a much deserved break from her work and joins the conversation. She is such an inspiration, and works tirelessly for her community and family. Like many women, she takes on many roles - including being a strong role model.

Stella takes a much deserved break from her work and joins the conversation. She is such an inspiration, and works tirelessly for her community and family. Like many women, she takes on many roles – including being a strong role model.

These teachers pause from a conversation filled with insight-sharing, laughter and ideas to take a photo. The conversation could have lasted for hours more, it was so rich and full.

These teachers pause from a conversation filled with insight-sharing, laughter and ideas to take a photo. The conversation could have lasted for hours more, it was so rich and full.

Laughter was a mainstay of the conversation with these intelligent teachers. In between offering insights about the girls in their community and the needs of girls and women, we found plenty of time laugh.

Laughter was a mainstay of the conversation with these intelligent teachers. In between offering insights about the girls in their community and the needs of girls and women, we found plenty of time laugh.

A teacher takes a solitary moment after a powerful conversation with other women leaders in her community.

A teacher takes a solitary moment after a powerful conversation with other women leaders in her community.

A teacher shows a young girl how to use reusable menstrual supplies. Girls in our workshop represented a wide range of ages, from 10 right up to 20 years old. Different groups and individuals have different needs, and so the workshop changes to adapt to their life stage and circumstances.

A teacher shows a young girl how to use reusable menstrual supplies. Girls in our workshop represented a wide range of ages, from 10 right up to 20 years old. Different groups and individuals have different needs, and so the workshop changes to adapt to their life stage and circumstances.

 

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