Friday, March 8, 2019

International Woman's Day 2019 We Still Have Work to Do

photo via ElisaRiva

March 8th, 2019, we once again celebrate International Women's Day. This has now been celebrated around the world for over a hundred years. I would like to thank my ancestors and fellow sisters for fighting so hard for us all and our future. The fight still continues, but they broke through barriers and shattered the glass ceilings that held women down and kept us oppressed. Women that are living in other countries are not as fortunate and are still oppressed severely today.

This year at the Oscars, people were surprised to see a documentary win an Oscar and hear about the film called "Period. End of Sentence". The movie is about the women in a village in India, who are forced to leave school (end their education) when their periods begin. Most have to use unsafe and unsanitary items as "sanitary napkins" like leaves, dirty rags, or ashes. This is causing undue medical difficulties that could be otherwise avoided if they had access to feminine hygiene products. They are made to feel embarrassed and ashamed for having their period, and with no education, the jobs available are nothing to be happy about.

Low wages and long hours are keeping these women and their families held down. The movie was made to help lift them up. The Pad Project is a non-profit organization that helps girls/women around the world get affordable/biodegradable pads. They have teamed up with a man named Muruganantham, and he has created a machine that makes affordable, biodegradable pads from locally sourced materials. Women in the village who want to learn are trained to run the machine and can make a decent wage to help support their families. They are encouraged to train other women to do the same. The movie is helping to shed some light on this amazing program.

This project was a nice surprise to many of us, and this subject does have a lot of Taboo and stigmatism stuck to it. However, it is something we need to be able to talk about and feel comfortable with talking about it. It is not like we can stop it right? If this project interests you visit You can read more about their organization and find out how you can help women around the world. The movie is available on Netflix.

Michell Obama said in an interview with a U.S. Agency for International Development publication. "And we know that when girls are educated, they are less likely to contract HIV, more likely to delay childbearing and vaccinate their children, and have lower maternal and infant mortality rates. Research even shows that sending more girls to school can boost an entire country’s GDP."



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