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Decolonizing Menstrual Health

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Decolonizing Menstrual Health - Germany 2022

Decolonizing Menstrual Health - Germany is a project series funded by the LUSH Germany - Charity Pot.

The intention of this project is to uncover and center marginalized voices and experiences of women* living in Germany, bringing to light the important role that intersectionality, one’s skin color and/or ethnic, racial, cultural or religious background may play in receiving adequate care around menstrual, sexual and reproductive health needs and concerns. Our hope is that this project can elevate the voices of historically marginalized menstruators, uncover concrete examples of inequity or discrimination and highlight ways in which a western, colonial influence emerges in the everyday interactions people are having with their health care providers.

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In collaboration with our partner, Lush

Participants

Marjorie Gomez

Decolonizing Menstrual Health

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Felicitas Ofosuaa Wieland

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Tara Merk

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Marialejandra Moreno Mantilla

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Mai

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Juliana Hagan

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Binta Fatty

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Vishakha

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Ashley

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Mohana Kute

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Marcela Villanueva

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Serife Cantürk

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Marie-Lilas

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Juliana Torres Acevedo

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Decolonizing Menstrual Health - Global 2021

The intention of this project is to center the marginalized voices of those working on menstrual health and to better understand the ways in which Indigenous wisdom and practices can inform the current direction of the global menstrual health sector in a more meaningful way. This project aims to uncover and bring to light the ways in which western, colonial attitudes have influenced what we accept as normal menstrual health and hygiene (MHH) beliefs and practices. Through conversations with key stakeholders and thought leaders in the field, we aim to explore the influence of colonialism on MHH through their eyes, their experiences and their voices. Our hope is that this might be able to inform future practices and how we as the menstrual health sector can continue to identify and understand how western colonial influence shows up in the menstrual health space and what steps we can take to articulate an inclusive, liberating space for all.

We are also interested in understanding the ways in which race, and racial justice advocacy plays a role in menstrual health work. In the wake of the global momentum that we have seen through the growth and power of the #BlackLivesMatter movement in the USA and beyond, it is imperative to address how racial identity can differentially influence the ways in which women*, and particularly BIPOC women, experience menstrual health and reproductive health.

Understanding and addressing the ways in which how western, white supremacist attitudes and practices have influenced our current narrative around menstrual health is key to progress around gender equality. Decolonizing menstruation and addressing racial inequities are two ways in which the sector can work to make its efforts as inclusive and authentic as possible. As the Menstrual Health Hub, it is imperative that we are intentional about creating a space that specifically addresses intersectionality in order to ensure that we are a welcoming platform for all educational menstrual health resources. Furthermore, in amplifying the work done within the sector that addresses intersectional identity, we can redirect our community to educational resources within our hive which focus on what we believe are the most critical issues of our time.

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In collaboration with our partner, Canadian social enterprise Aisle

Change makers

Activists. Leaders. Knowledge holders. Wisdom keepers. These game-changing players have demonstrated an incredible sense of commitment to making inclusion a priority as it relates to menstrual health and gender equity. Each vignette interview was guided by their narratives and the lens they use in their approach to their work.

Whether through racial justice advocacy or through utilizing Indigenous perspectives and wisdom, we believe the work of these individuals falls under the umbrella of decolonizing menstrual health, and dismantling long-held attitudes and notions of what menstrual health is.

The interviews utilized a semi-structured framework and guided questions to help frame the conversation. Some of the vignettes feature individual’s responses to specific questions, whereas others highlight some of the insights these individuals bring.

Too often, BIPOC individuals are asked to provide free labor, which is often emotionally heavy. We aim to make this space a landing page so that members of our community can learn more about the work of these individuals and support them further on their own platforms.

Taq Kaur Bhandal

Decolonizing Menstrual Health

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Janelle King

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Sanasi Amos

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Vianney Leigh

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Jennifer-Lee Koble

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Lynette Medley

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Chelsea vonChaz

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Ecko Aleck

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Saran James-Vaughan

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Laura Grizzlypaws

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Antoinette Nguyen

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Sage Thomas

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Phumzile Gubanca

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Noelle Spencer

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Hameedat Balogun

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Angelina Yusridar

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Anuoluwapo Daniel

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Larissa Crawford

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More information

Decolonizing Menstrual Health: Our Role, Our Responsibility by Madami
Interview: Bringing a Decolonized Approach to Menstrual Health by Madami
Centering Racial Justice and Grassroots Ownership in Collective Impact by Kat Allen, Rachel Stoler, Keyedrya Jacobs, Ilana Gerjuoy, Sage Shea & Leigh-Ellen Figueroa

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