Decolonizing Menstrual Health: Our Role, Our Responsibility

Photo from a Black Lives Matter protest in Rochester, NY. September 2020.

Our main goal with engaging marginalized changemakers in the MH space is to challenge the ways in which western, colonial attitudes have influenced what we accept as normal menstrual health and hygiene.

What could we learn — and incorporate — as the menstrual health sector grows? As one of the leading menstrual health collective impact organizations, how could elevating their voices help to improve racial or social equity in a meaningful way?

Defining ‘Decolonizing Menstrual Health.’

‘Decolonizing Menstrual Health’ is a project that directs interested members of our global community to organizations, activists, advocates, and changemakers in the menstrual health space.

Saran James-Vaughn (left) is dedicated to menstrual health and a decolonized approach to well-being. She facilitates programmes and workshops for Black youth in the Afro Diaspora , centred around cultural identity & wellness. Sage Thomas (right) provides the full spectrum of pregnancy support, postpartum care and lactation education. Currently a UBC midwifery student, she sits with the Interior Health’s Baby Friendly Initiative Committee and is an Indigenous Doula & Family Advocate with the Doula Services Association of British Columbia. Sage is Secwépemc and Nehiyaw, and a member of Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc (Kamloops)

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