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With Guest The Menstrual Movement Questions answered by: Keela McBride, Owner and Director The Menstrual Movement is an informative and accessible online platform to help empower, educate and support people about menstruation. Here you can purchase sustainable menstrual products, learn how to care for them, to make your own pads and support us in our charitable efforts to decrease period poverty with our 'Menstrual Movement Initiative.' After personally not being able to use tampons and reacting negatively to many disposable pads, my options were very limited and I looked around for affordable cloth pads but couldn't find any; my only option at that time was organic disposable pads. However from this search emerged the initial product range for The Menstrual Movement which has evolved over the years and now even has DIY pattern options to make your own affordable cloth pads! I have always done business in an ethical, eco-conscious and heart centered way and for many years I was that 'crazy hippy lady' selling sustainable menstrual products; in 2006 there weren't many others doing this but now the market has become saturated which has created other challenges - however my focus continues to be on empowering, educating and supporting people in their search for the perfect sustainable menstrual product and removing the stigma around periods and I have grown and adapted - I now have an online store selling many menstrual product options: period underwear, menstrual cups and reusable pads; as well as presenting a wide range of information; and I travel around NZ introducing the products in person at shows. When I started out, I donated menstrual pads here and there to customers or people in need; this has grown over the years and I now work with a Kiwi doctor living in Zambia to provide period kits for women there (and in NZ) as part of our Menstrual Movement Initiative of which a portion of my sales helps with the purchase of supplies to enable me to make and supply the kits to those in need around NZ and in Zambia. 46

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In 2020 I hope to travel more and provide education, support and kits to remote communities. Education is very important so by having schools on board and getting behind this community project we can help more people together. The Menstrual Movement Initiative This was created to enable us to help people in need by supplying re-usable menstrual pad kits. We donate our menstrual pad kits to contacts and organizations in Africa and New Zealand ensuring they reach those that need them the most. These kits are essential for those that do not have access to sanitary products not only in third world countries like Africa but right here in New Zealand too with a Kids Can survey finding that 1 in 5 Kiwi women either missed school or work due to not having sanitary products. This is a 100% volunteer run initiative which is funded by a percentage of our website sales and through kind donations. However I have been funding these kits myself for many years and the demand now far exceeds my ability to financially and physically supply these. To fully fund a kit it costs us approximately: $25 Basic Pad Kit (includes pads and bag) $40 Complete Pad Kit (includes pads, soap, underwear, wash cloth, bag) These kits provide one 'menstruator' enough washable sanitary pads for full time use and will last approx 3 years. We use donated money for: fabric, underwear, laundry soap and personal soaps, washcloths, waterproof bags, more cutting, running costs, sewing machines and sewing supplies. Our mission is to empower, educate and support menstruating humans around the globe. Working together to remove the stigma around periods and create a period positive movement. To do this we need your support so we can continue supplying pads kits and to continue to support those in the community also doing amazing work in the fight against period poverty around New Zealand and the globe.

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