Rotary is now holding “hybrid” meetings
where you may choose between in-person participation
at the Hotel Real de Minas or ZOOM
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 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 .)
Join us this Tuesday, January 18 at 9:30 AM to welcome Hana Figueroa and Becca Pohl to learn more about shattering the stigma around menstruation. To attend, go to the Midday Rotary Club website at www.rotarysmamidday.org and sign up. You’ll receive an email with instructions on being a part of this week’s meeting. Rotary is where neighbors, friends and problem-solvers share ideas, join leaders and take action to create lasting change. Note: Meetings at Hotel Real de las Minas follow Covid protocols. For more information, contact President Skip Essick at email@example.com.
Who We Are…We are a multi-cultural English-speaking Rotary Club located in beautiful and historic San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico, an UNESCO World Heritage Site that has been named by Conde Nast Traveler as the best city in the world!.Our Vision To be a diverse group of active and enthusiastic members who are recognized as providers of valuable services for local and international communities..
Our Mission To provide assistance to others in order to improve the quality of life and to advance community understanding, goodwill, and peace.