BREAKING TABOOS

Breaking taboos.

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No More Taboo.

Is a not-for-profit social enterprise - this means that all the profits we make from sales are invested directly into breaking down taboos surrounding menstruation. 

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Our mission is:

For women around the world to have the resources and power to manage menstruation and sanitation effectively, sustainably and without prejudice.

Periods and Poverty in the UK.

We are currently working with UK-based charities and community groups who provide services to women experiencing poverty or homelessness. Through our research, we have been trying to understand what women who are homeless, refugees or living on the edge of extreme poverty really need when it comes to their period.
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WHY DID WE CONDUCT THIS STUDY?

Research into menstrual hygiene management (MHM) has been largely neglected in sexual and reproductive health studies.

The data that does exist tends to focus on the experiences of females in one particular country, usually in the Global South. 

No More Taboo's research highlights the experience of women 'on the move' - that is, homeless and refugee women and girls. 

From preliminary research there is no data on the menstrual hygiene needs and requirements of these particular female demographics.  

How can we, and other organisations working with and supporting these women, best help them to manage menstruation?

What type of sanitary product do they want?
Given the current “refugee crisis”, and rising levels of homelessness, this research is timely. The importance of menstrual hygiene management in refugee aid has recently been recognised by international organisations such as the International Rescue Committee and UNICEF, but no immediate action has been taken, putting women and girls at an increased risk of infection and disease due to a lack of adequate hygienic care.

We are currently piloting two specific projects in order to tackle these issues in the UK context. Firstly, we’re supporting shelters, food banks and other organisations working with homeless women to implement gender-sensitive policies and practices that prioritise menstrual health. We are also running confidence-building workshops to women living in poverty, including the support to switch to a reusable sanitary product, saving them money each month. 

If you know an organisation who would like to get involved please email: shai@nomoretaboo.org  
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Tackling Taboos in Developing Countries

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Menstrual hygiene, toilets, sanitation and open defecation are all taboo subjects which affect millions of people globally, particularly in developing countries. They cause embarrassment, uneasiness and divisions in communities, especially for women.

In many of these countries, women and girls are already at a disadvantage just because of their gender. However, when you start adding restrictions and missing school or work to the mix, this disadvantage is amplified just by having your period.

Although we are keen to get started on our international projects, we understand the importance of working with local NGOs, who know the culture and people, to develop projects which provide: education, access to appropriate sanitary materials and facilities such as toilets and running water, to ensure women and girls can manage their periods effectively.

We are still building relationships with our partners and hope to raise funds for our first official project by the end of 2017. We hope this will be a long-lasting, sustainable partnership which will continue for many years.

In 2016 we conducted a fact-finding mission to find potential partners in Nepal (see our vlog) and are currently planning another to Kenya in Spring 2017, investigating the possibilities of empowering disabled women to be the ambassadors for menstrual hygiene projects in their communities.

The world’s views on menstruation:

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