In need of advice and cooperativeness

Isaura Diniz
Posted October 8, 2020 from Portugal

Hello sisters,

I am Isaura, I am 17 years old, from Portugal. Some of you know me already, and have given me a very warm welcome to the World Pulse community.

This time I am asking for advice and also your help, let me introduce you to what has been on my mind for months now. I am a 12th grade student, in the USA that is considered to be the senior year, it is indeed my last year of high school, before college. I have been a languages and humanities student for almost 3 years now, and right now I am a Sociology student, this subject really speaks to my heart, because I get to study our society and touch on topics I am passionate about, the main focus of this class is a 1 year long project, around a topic of our choice, and it is in this moment that I am in need of thoughts and knowledge from all of you.

My idea for this project, is to answer this question "Do you think sanitary products (pads and tampons) should be more accessible or even free?", this has always been something I would like to make happen in our world, pads and tampons should be free, having a period is not a choice, and many of us can not afford it. However, Mr. Hélder (my Sociology teacher) praises that this project has to have an impact on my school community, on social media and that I also have to get sponsors and other proofs of the impact of this work. I will need to create a group of 4 people in my classroom to work with me, and I really want my idea to be possible for this year project.

So, what I am asking you sisters, is to give me some advice, what do you think of this idea? Would you be interested in being interviewed if this project works out? Do you know any pad or tampon company that could parten up with me?

I am free to talk over zoom (or whatever platform), I really want to start on having an impact in our world, and this is an opportunity to start raising my voice on women rights in the real world. And if not on the fight for sanitary products, I will stick to the feminist fight on other idea for this project.

Thank you in advance, sending all my love.

Isaura Diniz

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Ana Lozano
Oct 09
Oct 09

Dear Isaura,
This sounds like an amazing and exciting project. It is a great (and much needed) topic to discuss. Good for you! Also, I'm happy to help. If we hop on a Zoom call, I can share a few past campaigns in several countries that can serve as an inspiration. I would also recommend you check out this past call for stories on menstrual health and hygiene: https://www.worldpulse.com/raise-your-voice/menstruation-matters I'm sure you'll find lots of inspiring stories; and in case you're interested in learning more, you can get directly in touch with the author to see if they'd like to have a chat with you, or ask for their consent in case you want to include their stories in your project. What do you think?
Sending hugs and kudos,
Ana

Paulina Nayra
Oct 09
Oct 09

Dear Isaura,
This is a very good project to work on. You can get a lot of resources and advice from the experts who are members of World Pulse as mentioned by Ana below. Feel free to contact them. For one, you may contact Urmila Chanam from India who is actively campaigning on menstrual hygiene. Hope your project will succeed and sanitary pads will be free for all girls. If schools can provide free meals, why not include sanitary pads which is only for a few days a week?

If this will be given for free, then it has to be included in the budget of the school or of the health center. Here's some steps you can consider in your project:
1. You can include a component on budget advocacy in your project. Prepare a position paper signed by all girls and even boys and parents who support the idea and present it to a legislator who can champion the cause in the council.
2. You also have to present the petition to the local school board and the health board.
3. Create a pool of speakers who can speak on the matter in media, schools and public.
4. Come up with a social media campaign.
5. Connect with sisters on World Pulse who have conducted successful campaigns on menstrual hygiene.

Good luck Izaura.
Hugss.

Isaura Diniz
Oct 11
Oct 11

Thank you so much for your time and great advice, Paulina.
I definitely have to keep everything in mind, if I want to make something out of this idea.
Sending love!

Nini Mappo
Oct 09
Oct 09

Hello dear Isaura :)
That is an awesome project, and it's great that you have come to chat about it here with your sisterhood. I see you have already received great ideas, so I'm here to cheer you on!

Isaura Diniz
Oct 11
Oct 11

Nini, I feel your support already, thank you, truly.
Sending my love!

Tamarack Verrall
Oct 10
Oct 10

Hi Isaura,
Your plan to stir up discussion on this important part of our lives as women, and of pads and menstrual products being free is such a great idea. This would be life-changing for so many women. As Ana and Paulina have pointed out, the wonderful advantage about being part of World Pulse is that you will be able to read about and connect with sisters here who have the same passion and who have been working in this direction, too. All the best as you develop your work. The impact you are expected to have on your school community and social media could bring empowerment to classmates and others who have not dared to think as you already are. All the best with this important work!

Isaura Diniz
Oct 11
Oct 11

Dear Tamarack thank you for your support and kind words. I also hope this project will work out.
Sending you love!

Sabiha Hasan
Oct 21
Oct 21

Hi,
Its an amazing idea, in case if you want a volunteer to work for you,I am in. My linkedin
linkedin.com/in/sabiha-hasan-0976151b4
I mentor youth mainly women. Check if my skill set can help you anywhere in your project. I think you can talk to Nabila
https://www.facebook.com/mackuja
she has started her sanitary pad production in Africa. All the best!

JJ-999
Oct 22
Oct 22

Hi ISaura, in NL where I live I know the brand Always is into making sanitary stuff available also for less fortunate. I see it is produced by Proctor & Gamble, so they might be into helping you further or partner with you? Making things free is not always a good solution as it could be misused. But I would encourage the thought that those who can afford pay (in)directly for those who can not.
Lot of success with your plans! - JJ-999