That time of the Month : Demystifying Menstruation and Period Poverty

Imagine a whisper, a raised brow, an inconspicuous cough and then a murmured admission as someone reveals, ‘it’s that time of the month’. Perhaps replace that with ‘shark week’, ‘Aunt Flo’, ‘Having the painters in’ or ‘the Crimson Tide’ to discover that we have developed more than one way to creatively beat around the bush when it comes to talking about menstruation or periods. Euphemisms like these create a vivid image of avoidance and have become place holders for menstruation, a naturally occurring biological process which globally, on any given day, more than 300 million people are experiencing.

Climate change and health: moving forward from COP25

As civil society, our power lies in holding governments accountable in the health and climate emergency. This is a call to action: join a movement, protest expansion of fossil fuel industries, ask your professors to include climate change in their teaching. Let’s come together to demand real change in 2020, knowing that the benefits of action far outweigh the costs of our leaders’ failure to unite.