Hello! I’m Eden Kagwiria Nyaga; a high school student in Kenya. I’m very excited to be working with PERIOD this summer.
Why do you care about periods?
Ever since the topic of menstruation was first introduced to me, I longed to receive my first period. However, almost immediately after receiving my first period (in an extremely public way) I was conditioned to identify periods as shameful and unclean as a fellow male classmate of mine was repulsed by me from then on!
Nevertheless, periods being such a normal and significant part of our human existence, I believe it’s time to have more open conversations about them.
When was the moment you realized you were interested in becoming a part of the menstrual movement?
In February this year I got the opportunity to work in a project to donate menstrual cups to a high school in Kenya. Under the project I became cognizant of the fact that some individuals are in such dire need of a product that I acquire so easily.
During that time as well, I came across the incident of a young girl who upon receiving her first period was so unaware of the process that in a bid to conceal what she termed as a flaw inserted all sorts of objects in her genitalia to stop the blood flow!
These two incidences really struck something in me…I knew something had to change, something had to be done.
At around this time I stumbled upon Nadya’s (PERIOD’s founder) Instagram handle and was super inspired by the amazing work she does to break the menstrual taboo and supply period products to those in need. I loved the liberal approach of the Period Movement and thought of it as the perfect platform to implement change!
What do you hope to accomplish during your time working with PERIOD, The Menstrual Movement?
During my time with PERIOD I hope to sensitize more individuals in my society and around the world by creating content and having open conversations about menstruation. I believe such conversations will create awareness and hence push for more sanitary product donations to those in need.I’m optimistic to change the negative perception of periods in my society through purposeful education.
I’m also looking forward to learning a whole lot from this! Working with PERIOD is definitely outside my comfort zone…in as much as I aim to break the period taboo; I am breaking my own boundaries as well!