Hey ASU students, want your free Generation Know bracelet? Send me a message via Tumblr and I can set you up with one! We’ll be tabling this week at the MU for the One Glove fair on Wednesday Free testing and bracelets! :) I’ll see you there!
Check out these 1960’s ads that are meant to shame women into buying products they don’t need. As Buzzfeed says, “The year was 1969, and ad Mad Men really started honing their insecurity messages directed squarely at the woman’s vagina.” Unfortunately, there are companies and marketers still in the business of selling women (and men!) products to relieve the insecurities that they, in fact, manufactured! (Can you name a few?) It’s true. Vaginal douches, wipes and perfumes are not only unnecessary, they can be harmful to the vagina’s delicate pH balance.
Get on board with Generation Know* and help others get in the know about vaginal health and body positivity.:
When I was 17 years old, I had the honor of interviewing Christine Uwaeyzu, a Rwandan refugee visiting America for the first time. When Christine was a young girl, rebels invaded her home and beheaded her father. Her mother screamed to Christine and her siblings to run, and they did. Christine ran for days until she reached a Women’s Shelter that changed and saved her life.
When I interviewed Christine many years later, she had overcome many life challenges. Her story inspired me to go on my first mission trip to Africa during the summer of 2009.
Christine told me that women in Africa do not have proper sanitary hygiene products that allow them to leave their home while they have their period. The consequence of not having sanitary hygiene products has a ripple effect that we never think about in the United States. Because they don’t have tampons or pads, they use cloth.
According to UNICEF, one in ten schoolgirls in Africa miss twenty percent of the school year or drop out completely due to their period. Girls who don’t graduate from high school can’t get jobs and are unable to provide for their family. It is extremely important for a woman to find a craft and make money in Africa because a high percentage of men abandon their woman and children.
After I learned about this hopeless cycle, I chose to dedicate my mission to feminine hygiene care and empowering women. Big companies and brands like Delta Airlines and Kotex allowed me to bring thousands of Kotex Pads into the slums and orphanages in Nairobi, Kenya. When the women received the Kotex products, they were overjoyed and so thankful. My family and I delivered bags and bags of sanitary products to three different slums and several women and children’s AIDS orphanages over 10 days.
When I got back from Africa, my life drastically changed. Kotex approached me to be their Millennial Spokesperson for U by Kotex, which has allowed me to continue to empower young women, spread awareness, and break down barriers regarding feminine hygiene care.
Now, three years later and with the help of Kotex and FSAstore.com, I have gone back to Africa, this time South Africa, to continue my mission to empower young women. I had the opportunity to visit the SOS Children’s Village in Cape Town and an orphanage in Soweto, outside of Johannesburg to deliver all the products donated by Kotex. The young girls were so interested and eager to learn more about Generation Know*. They were even more excited when I told them that they could log onto Generationknow.com and hear from other young girls like them in the states. The children in Africa appreciate the smallest things and remind me to be thankful for all that we have available in the United States.