The pandemic has not stopped BGP working to ensure menstruating asylum seekers and refugees can continue to care for their flow .
Bloody Good Education has successfully pivoted its service and is now running online via ZOOM, babes. Bloody good, eh. And, have you heard about our Decolonising Menstruation education project? Yeah honeys, it's live and kicking and is also bloody VIRTUAL! The project, run in cooperation with Decolonise Contraception, is working with asylum seekers and refugees to end period shame, specifically within the unique experiences of menstruation for BIPOC communities.
Of course, we miss running educational sessions and workshops IRL. We loved seeing the women and people we work with in actual 3D! Though we are finding that online education has its benefits too... for example, many attendees enjoy learning from the comfort of their homes, others are making the most of DIRECTLY asking our expert facilitators Qs in the chat, and we have loved collaborating with drop-ins to maximise attendance and erode barriers to entry (digital exclusion is a real thing, and we're trying to smash it!). Most importantly, attendees can STAY SAFE whilst also having their menstrual, sexual, and reproductive health needs met.
If you can, please donate and help these vital services to carry on running.
Periods (still) don't pause for pandemics..... period education shouldn't either.
We knew that there was an undeniable demand for education around women, girls’ and menstruators’ bodies when several of our team were questioned about our clients' reproductive functions and issues whilst handing out menstrual products at a drop in centre.
As well as this, in discussion with gynaecologists and other sexual and reproductive health professionals, we were informed how infrequently the communities of people with whom BGP work visit medical clinics or make appointments with practitioners.