Blog for IWD~A Project and a Company that are Helping Connect Girls and Inspire Futures

Girls in front of Central Community House, St. Paul

Hello again and Happy International Women’s Day!

So I wanted to do another post for the Blog for International Women’s Day hosted by Gender Across Borders and CARE.  With this post though, I wanted to focus on a project and a company that are connecting girls and inspiring futures!  The project is xoJane’s Real Belly Project, and the company is Lunapads.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

xoJane’s Real Belly Project

This project is just what it sounds like it is: showcasing real, unphotoshopped women’s bellies in a positive light.  In my previous post I mentioned that we need to embrace our own bodies to help girls embrace their own too.  The Real Belly Project does just this!  These are actual women that have taken photos of their bellies and sent them to xoJane for them to make a photo gallery of bellies.

There is already one post on xoJane from a girl that comments on how this project helped her become determined to accept her body.  Want to check out this project? Click here: http://www.xojane.com/fun/gallery/bellies-part-2

Click here to read the girl’s story~ It Happened to Me: Real Girl Bellies Saved My Life: http://www.xojane.com/healthy/ihtm-real-girl-bellies-saved-my-life

Lunapads.com

Lunapads.com is this awesome Canadian women-owned company that sells reusable menstrual pads, pantyliners, and menstrual cups, but at the same time sends out the message of embracing, understanding, and loving our bodies.  Honestly, since I have started reading their blog posts, and watching their youtube videos (and overall just looking more into reusable menstrual pads and pantyliners and why they are better for my health), my attitude towards my body, and menstruation, has drastically become much more positive.

This kind of impact on all girls and women is so important!  Why should women or girls feel ashamed about something so natural as our cycles?  The simple answer is, we shouldn’t.  I love that Lunapads is trying to get rid of this embarrassment, and even often shame, so many girls and women feel towards our bodies.  Can I say that I love my period at this point?  I’m not there yet, but I have come a long way from hating my period.

Another wonderful thing that Lunapads does is that they donate pads to girls in undeveloped countries through their program Pads4Girls since 2000.  They send reusable pads to girls in areas where either disposable pads are too expensive, or they are just unavailable.  Therefore, girls have to decide whether to risk embarrassment by going to school, or just staying home for about a week.  This reduces these girls’ chances of staying in school, and ultimately can result in them staying in poverty, having children sooner, and possibly even dying sooner from childbirth complications.  So, Lunapads is helping to change this just by donating something that seems so simple as a reusable cloth pad.  But this pad symbolizes a brighter future for so many girls!

To find out more about Lunapads’ Pads4Girls click here: http://lunapads.com/about-us/donate-pads

We, as a culture, can help girls and women have brighter futures~ we just need to believe that we can!

Have a sunny day!

~Kim

Please Note: The image above is used under the Commons license, shared by the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest on Flickr, and can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jhsum-commons/4419492544/

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