A fifth of young people reported being bullied within the last year, with 3 out of 4 claiming that it affected their mental health. (BBC News, Nov 2019).
In 2019, a story from Kenya broke hearts around the world, a 14-year-old girl died by suicide after being period-shamed by her teacher.
The girl started her period in class and bled through her clothes after which the teacher expelled her from class after allegedly calling her "dirty." According to the girl's mother, it was her first period and she didn't have any menstrual products with her. (www.guardian.com, 2019)
The story highlighted the degree to which young people can feel shame or embarrassment from a natural process over which they have no control.
A lack of education and plain-speaking about periods and the menstrual cycle leads to them becoming taboo subjects that aren't discussed or widely understood.
In partnership with Opportunity Access Ltd and Dance Dynamite we carried a survey of 25 girls ranging from the age 9-16, in which we asked them about their knowledge of puberty, menstruation and how confident they felt to cope with it., the results showed that only 27% of girls surveyed felt confident to deal with periods and puberty.
Our workshops educate adolescents about Puberty & Menstrual cycle while dismantling the taboo & stigma associated with periods, In accordance with the national curriculum and DFE guidelines.
Is to eliminate any false information and provide practical factual details of what to expect and how to cope with these changes.
We work to prevent bullying and shaming behaviour, Whilst enabling adolescent to become more confident when dealing with this natural cycle.
Puberty (PYOO-ber-tee) is the time in life when a child's body begins to develop and change as they become an adult. It is a process that usually happens between ages 8 and 14 for girls and ages 11 and 16 for boys. It causes physical changes, and affects boys and girls differently.
Many young girls start their periods around age 12, but they start as early as 8 years old.
Starting menstruation can often be a confusing and somewhat scary time for the them.
We work to educate & teach with resources and useful information to have open conversations about both topics.
This guidance will enable girls & boys to become more confident and resilient to deal with puberty and its effect.
With your help we can run workshops in the community, schools, social groups and directly to parents & child workshops, JUST £5 will only us to help 1 child please help us make this subject the norm!
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