The WEN Forum presents:
How Can Periods Save the Planet? - MENSTRUATION & THE ENVIRONMENT
When? 6:30-9pm Wednesday 8th March
Where? St Hilda's East Community Centre, 18 Club Row, London, E2 7EY
Come and join us for the film screening of Amit Virmani’s documentary MENSTRUAL MAN, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A session. Refreshments will be served and there will be time for networking.
Set in India, the film follows the journey of a trail blazing social entrepreneur with an unconventional story. Menstruation is still a taboo in many societies, including India. The idea of a man converting this issue into a business, however, is almost unheard of. Follow the inspiring story of Muruganantham, a school dropout who realised that the majority of women in India couldn’t afford sanitary pads and decided to do something about it. Check out the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3567Hx_U98
The screening will be followed by panel presentations from various experts in the world of menstruation, with an effort to highlight the diverse issues associated with menstruation worldwide. It's our pleasure to invite you for an evening of thought-provoking discussion exploring the health and environmental impacts of menstruation practices, and what some sustainable solutions might be to break down the taboo in various global contexts.
The Period Positive Panel includes:
Sally King – Director, Menstrual Matters - Founder of menstrual-matters.com, Sally has a background working in climate change and women's equality issues, and will discuss the reasons why the West has the greater environmental responsibility at this moment.
Kath Clements - Campaigns & Marketing Manager, Mooncup - The first silicone menstrual cup was manufactured by Mooncup in the UK and has fundamentally changed the landscape of the femcare industry in many ways. Kath will discuss Mooncup's mission and the benefits of reusable sanitary products such as the menstrual cup.
Joshna Raghwani – Director Corporate Social Responsibility, Binti International - Joshna has first-hand experience of setting up one of Muruganantham's machines and will highlight the women's empowerment work of Binti International currently taking place in India and East Africa. Binti strives to increase access to sanitary protection and smash the period taboo through menstrual educational programmes.
David Morrall - Trustee, Nepal Earthquake Recovery Fund (NERF) - NERF have menstrual health education programmes in Nepal in partnership with Mooncup UK. David will share his perspective on menstrual hygiene management in natural disasters such as the devastating 2015 earthquakes in Nepal.
Tara Chandra - Co-Founder, FLO
Flo is a new organic tampon brand with a social impact. Tara will share her journey of starting her company. Innovation in sustainable feminine care is how we can affect change in the disposables industry.