• Ronald Felton
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    January 18 Rotary Meeting Speakers - 9:30 AM
    On Zoom - (Not at Hotel Real de Minas)

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    TABOOS AGAINST MENSTRUATORS MUST GO!
    Connecting menstruation to adolescent girls staying in school is not obvious. The stigma attached to menstruation is just not talked about. More and more women are joining the Rotary SMA Midday and all members know that the education that defeats stigma is also a way out of poverty.

    A priority of Shekhar Mehta, Rotary International President, is gender equality. In many countries, one of the women's economic disadvantages is that five days a month, they are less able to work. Menstruation is one of the main reasons girls drop out of school after puberty, have children earlier, and remain in poverty.

    Days for Girls (DfG) began in 2008 when Founder Celeste Mergens was working with a foundation in Kenya assisting an orphanage near Nairobi. Upon inquiring about the menstrual health practices of the many girls at the orphanage, Celeste learned that many were sitting on cardboard in their rooms for several days each month – not able to go to school and often going without food unless someone would bring it to them.

    Rotary Midday welcomes Becca Pohl and Hana Figueroa, "Menstrual Health Ambassadors" working in Lake Chapala, Mexico, using the Days for Girls model. Becca designed and manufactures a reusable sanitary pad made especially for Mexico. Hana delivers menstrual education workshops that empower girls with menstrual and self-care education and eliminate one of the major barriers for girls to continue their studies.

    According to the DfG website: Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to menstruation. Access to timely, accurate health information is critical to defeating the stigma around menstruation and building a more equitable world. (See www.DaysForGirls.org .)

    Sign up here to get Zoom link for the meeting:

    https://www.rotarysmamidday.org/next-speaker.html
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  • Reminder Bunny
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    Reminder: This is happening Tuesday January 18.
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