As we discussed in our last post, CEDEJO is focusing on distribution and education about menstrual cups because menstrual cups have so many more benefits for women than pads or tampons.
CEDEJO's Sylvia Flores has secured funding to be able to visit various communities around the region to distribute donated supplies and to educate women and girls on how to best use the menstrual cups. The program has been met with curiosity and gratefulness from all ages of women.
One of CEDEJO's core programs promotes access to basic menstrual health supplies.
We seek to break the cycle of poverty and violence against women by promoting access to basic menstrual health supplies, in conjunction with educating women & girls about their strength, importance, health, puberty, reproductive anatomy & their cycle, hygiene, self-defense, and how to care for and use their menstrual kits.
In 2016, CEDEJO was the first in the Lake Chapala region to collaborate with Days for Girls International as a distribution ambassador for women's health training. We delivered washable menstrual kits to Huichol women who live in a remote region of the Sierra Madre mountain range.
However, since 2018, CEDEJO's primary focus has been on distributing menstrual cups and health care training to girls throughout low-income communities surrounding Lake Chapala.
What are Menstrual Cups? And why promote cups over pads or tampons?
Menstrual cups are safer than traditional menstrual products. They are made of medical grade silicone vs. toxic materials, can be easily and quickly cleaned, and are reusable for up to 10 years.
The environmental impact of using a cup is significant; only generating ~6% of the plastic waste from tampons and only .4% of disposable pads.
Since cups provide superior leak protection and can be worn for up to 12 hours at a time, they also provide greater freedom and confidence to girls and women; allowing them to go to school, play sports, and live life without worry or preoccupation about their periods.
Most importantly, menstrual cups are much cheaper; on average, just 5% of the cost of pads and 7% of the cost of tampons, a benefit especially important for low-income communities and developing countries.
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