Breaking the cycle of taboo!!

24 May

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It is just a few days away from Menstrual Hygiene Day (MH Day)
On 28 May 2014, MH Day was celebrated for the first time.

Menstrual Hygiene Day (MH Day) is a global platform that brings together non-profits, government agencies, the private sector, the media and individuals to promote Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM).
MH Day raises awareness of the challenges women and girls worldwide face due to their menstruation and highlights solutions that address these challenges, including through media work.
It catalyses a growing, global movement for MHM and supports partnerships at global, regional, national and local level. MH Day also creates opportunities for advocacy for the integration of MHM into global, national and local policies, programmes and projects.

I have personally decided to endorse The MinaCup, as part of my CSI to empower girls across Africa. Please read some important information on this​ revolutionary product and ways on how you​ can promote ​ending the taboo against​ menstruation​ and of course keep girls in school.

In many underprivileged and impoverished communities, many households cannot afford to buy sanitary pads and tampons, thus forcing young girls to make alternative​ methods for protection. In some cases, young girls use​ socks stuffed with sand, pieces of bark and old rags. Despite years of campaigns to distribute free tampons and pads, an estimated one in three girls miss up to five days of school a month because they can’t afford sanitary products.

According to Mina co-founder and spokeswoman Dr.​ Mashadi Motlana: “Menstruation is a taboo topic, but it’s part of our normal bodily function, so Mina is designed specifically for young girls,”

The menstrual cup is handed out along with a journal and a “dignity bag” with beauty supplies, toiletries and school supplies.
The girls are given instruction on how to use the Mina, the Zulu word for “mine”.

“Mina helps the young girls stay away from men with money, and it is a step towards breaking the cycle of poverty.”

Meet Mina!!!

She is the revolutionary MENSTRUAL CUP especially designed for teenage girls and first-time​ users, she is a sustainablelife-changing​g solution. To empower the millions of underprivileged girls in the world with Mina, so that they can continue their education without interruption.
Mina Cup

What can you do?
You can join the Min movement by helping raise awareness by downloading the official MHDay social media campaign and add to all of your pictures!


Thuma Mina
Mina Foundation, is with engaging students on a Thuma Mina menstrual health campaign. During the campaign we would like to raise funds to purchase Mina Menstrual Cups for University girls. 
The MINA drive is a long term solution to the crisis of lack of access to sanitary products. Thuma Mina  campaign aims to provide free menstrual cups as a sustainable alternative sanitary product to less fortunate students at the University, which could last them for their entire University career. 
The funds raise will be used in the distribution of the Menstrual cups and the hosting awareness events and campaigns at the university with regard to this topic. All this to try and create an environment in which menstruation is not an uncomfortable and taboo topic.
Benefits of Mina
–          Eco- friendly- nothing to throw away
–          Made of 100% medical grade silicon
–          Specially designed for African girls and women
–          Manufactured in South Africa
–          Economical – Lasts up to 5 years.
–          Discreet and Comfortable
–          Up to 6 hour leak free
–          Hypoallergenic and safe
–          Easy to clean
–          Odourless
–          Pain-free
–          Happy.Period

Who are they?

The MINA Foundation was founded by 3 dynamic women with the mission to keep more young girls in school, change their lives and save the planet. They travel globally not only distributing MINA to schools, but also empowering girls with information and mentorship about appropriate female hygiene and sanitation.
“We are passionate about bridging the gap between classes and life. Our approach includes sessions with teachers and parents. This ensures an inclusive strategy that is mindful of cultural barriers that are sensitive to young girls to this day.”

Along with a team of phenomenal facilitators, they dive into the lives of the girls with passion and conviction, sharing their expectations, obstacles and feelings with them. 

‘We are a team on a mission to MINARISE the world.’

Mina Foundation has distributed over 35 000 Mina across South Africa to school girls, all in an attempt to keep them in school and ensure they complete their education. , we aim to reach all women and girls in disadvantaged situations, most poverty stricken areas and most rural villages.
For every R200 donated they will donate a Mina menstrual Cup to a University student in need. They want to empower the millions of underprivileged girls in the world with Mina, so that they can continue their education without interruption.


Mina Foundation has been distributing the menstrual cup together with Mina Journal and facilitation to school and communities, and this has contributed significantly in keeping our young girls in school and motivating them to study further and become champions in their communities.
They propose to introduce the Mina menstrual cup to every girl child and women in our African continent from all backgrounds. Mina is for everyone

FEMME projects:


FemmeProjects begins a new cycle of information! 

What do FemmeProjects do?
They apply an intersectional and interactive approach to educating and empowering youth around areas including:
Comprehensive Sexual Education, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity & Expression, Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights and all things to do with Puberty.

Why do we still shy away from talking about menstruating? Are we ashamed? Are we shy? Can you believe that in 2018, many of us are still embarrassed about our monthly cycle? Well, FemmeProjects is breaking the silence. It’s time to debunk the myths, to speak clearly and proudly about our cycles. With its new campaign, FemmeProjects aims to open a space for free discussion and the sharing of experiences. The organisation wants to create an opportunity to share their wisdom with, and to learn from, young people who are coming of age.
Cycles, in a nutshell, is a campaign to tell menstruating people that it is okay to talk about it; that it is okay to ask questions and seek answers and that is okay to own body, your reproductive system, your sexuality and your life.

FemmeProjects has worked with more than 4000 learners from under-resourced schools in the Western Cape, and has provided mentorship to high schools located in urban and rural areas. The NGO continues to provide comprehensive sexual education.
Co-founder of FemmeProjects Kim Windvogel says, “We have learned​ that parents and adults often refuse to talk about sexuality with children because they fear that they will encourage ‘sinful’ behavior. In fact,​ we should be encouraging engagement on this subject so that our children are informed and with this information,​ they have agency over their sexual and reproductive health”
In addition to inviting people to share their personal stories about menstruating, FemmeProjects has invited artists and designers to create art and products for the campaign. These will be on sale and proceeds will go towards FemmeProjects’ Cycles fund to educate learners about sex and menstruatio, and​d to provide young learners with hygienic bodily care.


The campaign photographs and features South African celebrities and connectors including KFM breakfast presenters Sherlin Barends, ELLE digital content manager Palesa Kgasane, South African actress Denise Newman and visual artist Lady Skollie, who designed an exclusive T-shirt celebrating the vulva for this campaign. This will be for sale once the campaign commences on the 28th of May 2018. FemmeProjects aims to grow awareness around the importance of Comprehensive Sexual & Menstrual Education in South Africa and the world.
The shop will be live on the 28th of May.


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