"I am not free while any women is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own." - Audrey Lorde
Living in alignment with sacred connection to our wombs isn’t a 21st century elitist fad for “woowoo” white womxn – it’s foundational to most Indigenous cultures and Eastern traditions. In fact, the reason a platform like Moujamoon even exists is because colonialism severed various peoples and lands from their intuitive knowing and cyclical principles. Yet here we are in 2020, craving a return to wiser ways.
As I evaluate my privilege as a white womxn in my position as a wellness teacher, I dedicate this post to amplifying the voices and work of the inspiring organizations below, who are serving their communities through their own cultural lense.
I strongly encourage you to read through them all and pick one (or two, three, four) to support if you believe that all womxn deserve peace and power!!!
Founded in Morocco, Project Soar works to empower adolescent girls, providing programs that “help girls understand their value, voice, body, rights and path”.
The program’s signature empowerment curriculum includes teaching girls to “understand changes in her body, manage her menstruation efficiently, and value her own health and wellness”. Project Soar has already distributed over 1900 menstruation kits to participants.
Project Soar is unique because it is an initiative dedicated to “empowering teenage girls to become leaders of today and tomorrow, leaders who are activated, concerned, and powerful voices for inclusion and democracy”.
“The Young Indigenous Women’s Circle of Leadership is a program that is assisting young women in their journey to discover and to reclaim their ancestral language and knowledge.” Open to ages 10-20, the program “focuses on providing young women with access to Cree language, traditions, land, and teachings within a frame that speaks to all four parts of our being – the spiritual, emotional, physical, and mental.”
What makes their program additionally meaningful is that it runs solely on the financial support of funders so participants can attend for free, but more sustainable support is needed to insure YIWCL can continue to create “a supportive space for young Indigenous women to be the women their ancestors prayed for them to be.”
This camp is one of a kind in Alberta, and serves the surrounding areas of Amiskwaciwâskahikan / Edmonton / Treaty 6 Territory.
Think global, donate local!
The term Reproductive Justice moves beyond the legislation of choice to address the need for access to various services related to sexual autonomy for marginalized women and trans people. It’s important to know that the term RJ was coined by a collective of black / indigenous / women of colour when they saw their needs were not being included in the sexual liberation movements of middle-class white women.
From leadership development, to organizational synergy, to arts and culture programs, SisterSong is “the largest national multi-ethnic Reproductive Justice collective” in The U.S.A, and writes on their website that in order to make RJ a reality, we must:
- Analyze power systems
- Address intersecting oppressions
- Center the most marginalized
- Join together across issues and identities
Eco-Femme is “an international team of passionate women working together to create the future we dream of.” Rising out of rural India, they “produce and sell washable cloth pads, provide menstrual health education and open dialogues on menstruation” within communities where menstruation is not spoken about.
With their Pad For Pad program, when you purchase from Eco-Femme, cloth pads and menstrual health education (that includes anatomy, nutrition, Asana practices, and basic CYCLE CHARTING!!!) are provided for adolescent girls from low-income backgrounds throughout India. Even better, Eco-Femme not only creates jobs for women in India, but also trains local facilitators and educational ambassadors “to take a stand for sustainable menstruation on behalf of the earth.”
I was lucky enough to buy Eco-Femme pads while I was in India, and they’re my favourite! While their production is currently paused due to Covid-19, you can check if an international retailer closer to you has some stock to purchase! Eventually, their online shop will be up and running again.
Can you imagine what our world would be like if we didn’t need to reclaim our birthright later in our life, but it was openly given to us at the onset of puberty?
Our birthright is a dignified, empowering and accurate understanding of our menstrual cycle, and a broader education on how our menstrual health is related to the rest of our overall health.
Our birthright is autonomy and sovereignty over our reproductive and sexual choices, and that we deserve better than what our current political and medical systems provide for us.
Our birthright is revealing the intelligent cyclical power within us that mirrors the wise ecosystems of Earth, and that both womxn’s bodies and Earth’s body deserve respect.
Yes, the revolution starts within…but then it moves outward.
Yes, our own transformed energy creates shifts around us, but right body
and mind is meant to lead to right speech and action.
How is your embodiment of Feminine truths
showing up to create cooperative change?
Share your thoughts, responses and questions about this comments below!