It’s an exciting time to be a woman. ‘Feminism’ was Merriam-Webster online dictionary’s most looked up word for 2017. Women’s Day is on March 8th, and even though we have come a long way since 1909 when the first of its kind was celebrated, we still haven’t achieved gender equality worldwide.
At the Femna HQ, we are combining our energy and strength to make women healthier and more powerful. We are grateful to the women who fought for us to be where we are today, and we want to ensure women’s rights are respected in every country.
We honor every hormonal day as a woman experiencing menstruation, pregnancy, fertility, menopause and every day well-being. And, we especially celebrate the official Women’s Day for 5 main reasons.
1. Women’s Menstruation & PMS
At least 500 million women and girls lack a private place to change their sanitary protection during menstruation. This is equivalent to every female living in developed countries. The simple biological fact of menstruation shouldn’t be a barrier to gender equality or stymie women’s and girls’ realization of their human rights.
We would like to give a shout out to @bloodygoodperiod who are providing period supplies for asylum seekers, refugees & those who can’t afford them.
2. Women procreate: Pregnancy
Every year, thousands of women file charges against employers for acts of pregnancy discrimination. All forms of pregnancy discrimination are illegal.
Here’s a quick reminder of every women’s fundamental rights during pregnancy:
- You have the right to health and safety protection for you and your baby.
- You have the right to reasonable paid time-off for your antenatal care.
- You are protected against unfair treatment and unfair dismissal because of your pregnancy.
3. Women with child: Fertility
Reproductive rights rest on the recognition of everyone’s basic right to attain the highest standard of sexual and reproductive health. And, the right to make decisions concerning reproduction should always be free of discrimination, coercion and violence.
Women’s reproductive rights should not be compromised or forgotten. We advocate every women’s right to:
- legal and safe abortion
- the right to birth control
- freedom from coerced sterilizationand contraception
- access good-quality reproductive healthcare
- education in order to make informed reproductive choices
- receive educationabout sexually transmitted infections
- protection from practices such as female genital mutilation(FGM)
4. Women, it’s not over yet: Menopause
Menopause silently affects 27 million women at work every day. Biology isn’t kind to women at this point in their lives.
Menopause is a normal life event for women and it is not an illness or a medical condition. This often means that the symptoms of the menopause are too often under-recognized, undervalued and not taken seriously. The psychological symptoms associated with menopause such as loss of self-confidence, low self-esteem, anxiety and depression are the ones that often affect women the most.
We need to break the taboo and acknowledge the reality of menopause. If you are undergoing it now, @menopause support can help you realize you are not alone.
5. All of the Well-Being of women
Gender is a critical determinant of mental health and mental illness. The morbidity associated with mental illness has received substantially more attention than the gender specific determinants that promote mental health and foster resilience to stress and adversity.
Gender has many implications in today’s society and socioeconomic status, but it also has a hand in determining susceptibility and exposure to specific mental health risks. Gender differences occur particularly in the rates of common mental disorders – depression, anxiety and somatic complaints. These disorders, in which women are predominantly affected, creep into the lives of approximately 1 in 3 people and constitute a serious public health problem.
@letstalkaboutmentalhealth is using Instagram (A.K.A. the worst social media for mental health) to help end the stigma around this issue.
At FEMNA we share a passion for women’s well-being and believe ailments like menstrual cramps, PMS, cycle fluctuations and menopause discomfort can be solved naturally. Every drop of water in the ocean counts. We stand by inclusiveness, compassion and abolishing stereotypes. In honor of Women’s Day, we would like to thank everyone who is contributing to the female movement. We believe the empowerment of women continues to be a central feature in addressing social, economic and political challenges across the globe.