Every time you buy a Ruby Cup, you donate another one to a school girl in East Africa. A Ruby Cup helps her stay in school and relieves her from the monthly stress of not being able to afford pads and having to make do with rags and toilet paper. Having access to high quality, sustainable and healthy menstrual cup, combined with an educational workshop that opens a safe space to discuss puberty and menstruation, offers our users a chance to live their periods in privacy, with dignity and without shame.
The distribution of Ruby Cup requires a thorough educational workshop: we aim to teach our new users about reproductive health, menstrual hygiene and how to use Ruby Cup to reap its full benefits.
We teach our users about reproductive health, we bring down taboos, shame and harmful beliefs surrounding menstruation and hopefully help girls and women make better choices about their bodies.
A Femme International Feminine Health Management Workshop in Kenya.
Our educational workshop includes information on reproductive health, menstrual care and how to use Ruby Cup.
We always aim to create a safe space and to encourage communication and interaction between the trainer and the students. We use charts, drawings and games to engage our participants.
The trainers are always experienced Ruby Cup users themselves, to make sure they can talk about menstrual cups from direct experience and answer any question about their usage.
The Femme International booklet about female anatomy and menstrual hygiene management.
Menstruation is still a taboo and most girls do not have access to information about what is happening to their bodies. The stigma surrounding periods (and menstrual blood), together with the lack of access to menstrual care products, means that many girls are afraid and ashamed when they menstruate. This has a negative effect on their performance in school, self-esteem and self-image. Our goal is to normalise menstruation and to encourage girls and women to celebrate it, as a symbol of their womanhood.
Unfortunately, young girls are at risk of experiencing unwanted pregnancies, STIs and HIV and many find themselves in very harsh situations, such as being expelled from school and their homes and being forced to seek illegal abortions. Our workshop aims to debunk myths regarding the female body and to deliver sound information on reproductive health so the participants can make better choices for themselves.
This is the part where most of the girls see a menstrual cup for the first time. They are taught how to use it, clean and care for their Ruby Cup. The session is kept interactive and they are encouraged to ask questions on any doubts they might have.
The educational workshop and distribution are only the initial part of a successful programme. Once the girls start using Ruby Cup, many questions will arise and it is crucial that they receive ongoing support. This happens in the form of visits to the schools after some months of use. We also ensure that an experience Ruby Cup user (such as school teacher or school “mother” at boarding schools) is available and willing to answer the new users’ questions.
Over time, a peer-to-peer support network emerges, where the most experienced users (perhaps the girls in the year above, that have bee using Ruby Cup for months) help the newbies. This encourages communication and the creation of a safe space, where the users can have very much needed discussions about puberty, adolescence and the changes their bodies are going through.
We truly believe that educating girls, providing them with Ruby Cups and giving them sustained support creates a real impact in their lives and therefore also a positive, long-term impact for their communities.