1.Periods won an Oscar!
Netflix’s Period: End of Sentence, an uplifting film about menstruation in India, won an Oscar for Best Documentary Short! This prestigious award was won even after an anonymous Oscar judge said men would not vote for the film because “it’s just icky for men.”
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I wasn’t surprised that “Free Solo” won an Oscar on Sunday. (I saw it a few weekends ago, loved it, and had sweaty palms the whole time.) But I was even more excited about the award that went to Rayka Zehtabchi’s important documentary “Period. End of Sentence.” I couldn't put it any better than Melissa Berton, one of the film's producers: “A period should end a sentence—not a girl’s education.”
2. Free menstrual products hit England
2019 has been a BIG year for menstrual equality in England. After the inspiring Amika George launched the #FreePeriods campaign, things really took off. The government listened and took action. First schools offered free menstrual products, and a few months later the NHS followed.
3. Period books galore
This is the year of the period books. From the Children’s book The Moon Within to books such as the Managed Body and Period Power, the beauty of periods and the strength of menstruators’ activism is showcased in beautiful hardback. Oh – and let’s not forget Germany’s ingenious effort to curtail the tampon tax… the tampon book!
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Eure Lieblings-Klolektüre ist wieder verfügbar! ⠀ ⠀ Denn nachdem wir letzte Woche (haltet euch fest) 75.000 Bio-Tampons in Bücher gesteckt – ja, die Finger sind immer noch wund! – und alle Vorbestellungen verschickt haben, ist die neue Auflage (bzw. was davon übrig ist) noch mal als Limited Edition im Shop! Aber Achtung: Limited ❤️💪🏻⠀ ⠀ Die @glamourgermany hat auch schon Steuern gespart. Danke für's Foto!⠀ ⠀ Also: Zahlst du noch 19% – oder sparst du schon Steuern? ⠀ ⠀ #tamponbook #thetamponbook #stoptaxingperiods #period @katjabroemer
4. Standing up for better products in Kenya
March brought the fantastic #MyAlwaysExperience campaign to Kenya. Women called for a boycott of Always sanitary towels, accusing the manufacturer, Proctor & Gamble, of supplying the African market with substandard products. Their experiences ranged from rashes, itchiness, bad smell and discomfort. The campaign showed the power of voices to stand up to the injustice of low-quality menstrual products!
5. Periods took the issue
In May, periods literally covered the May issue of Scientific American, which for the first time focused a whole issue specifically on women’s reproductive health! What is the real purpose of a period? What are the consequences of gaps in medical understandings of menstruation? All was answered in this special edition.
When the discussion of women’s reproductive health is dominated by the political will to control it, gaps in medical research get overshadowed. Our May issue explores what we don’t know, why we don’t know it, and where we go from here: https://t.co/uK1KLGad2H pic.twitter.com/jxxgqmTi1y— Scientific American (@sciam) May 1, 2019
6. South Africa campaign win
Organising a march takes a lot of time and effort and today I led my first. Thank you to everyone who supports #BecauseWeBleed and stood with us today. Thank you to those who were in spirit and continue to provide donations of pads. We will continue to fight till out cry is heard pic.twitter.com/gqch7Rs55I— C H L O É (@chloexmaluleke) October 8, 2018
7. Period emoji launched
2019 saw the newest emoji make crimson waves across social media thanks to Plan International UK and a number of other fantastic activists. The red blood droplet is symbolic of menstruation and also of the fact that periods are not shameful!
We are thrilled to announce that we are actually getting a #PeriodEmoji!— PlanInternational UK (@PlanUK) February 6, 2019
It is through your support that we can now celebrate that the @unicode have announced that we will get our first ever #PeriodEmoji in March 2019 ?
Find out more here ▶https://t.co/dKd4WwEShX pic.twitter.com/CdyG5fapAx
8. Goodbye US Tampon Tax (well kind of)
This year saw more states in the US eliminate the ‘tampon tax’ – including Louisiana and Utah. That now makes a total of nine states which have given menstrual products a medical supply tax exemption, aligning them with products like condoms, dandruff shampoo, gauze and chapstick.
9. ‘Nothing’s more cuterus than your uterus’!
A medical congress in Bengaluru shot period pads to the headlines by creating the longest line of sanitary pads EVER! This Guinness World Record included about 500 people who arranged more than 10,000 pads in a line stretching up to 1,078 metres long. It took almost 8 hours to complete!
10. Menstrual Hygiene Day: bigger, louder, bloodier
This Menstrual Hygiene Day is set to be bigger and better than ever. Bringing together activists, program staff, people who menstruate and many more there’s a whole flow of social media movement today. Check out Girls’ Globe’s Menstrual Hygiene Day Facebook Live, where we challenged taboos and stigma by busting some myths around menstruation.
Today we are talking with experts about what is true and false when it comes to #Menstruation ?♀️— Girls’ Globe (@GirlsGlobe) May 28, 2019
Celebrate #MHDay2019 with @GirlsGlobe live on Facebook!
? Subscribe here https://t.co/4ImzvSFQK8 ?#ItsTimeForAction #LetsTalkMenstruation #MenstruationMyths pic.twitter.com/R5oaJBSFRy
Follow #MenstruationMatters and #MHDay2019 and read more menstruation posts on girlsglobe.org to make sure you keep in the bloody loop! ?