From an interdisciplinary, intercultural, and critical gender perspective we look to:
- Visibilize and destigmatize the menstrual cycle
Stigmatization and lack of information related to menstruation impact the development and full participation of menstruators in our society. By exchanging information and reflecting on our experiences we can un-learn myths and taboos related to the menstrual cycle.
- Promote menstrual education
The menstrual cycle is a vital sign – an indicator of health – and a process that impacts menstruators physically, emotionally, and socially.
It is essential that children, adolescents, and adults have access to information that is accurate and developmentally appropriate about the menstrual cycle and menopause.
- Create a network of exchange, support, and alliances
Menarche, the menstrual cycle, and menopause should not be experienced in silence, isolation, or shame. With information, dialog, and companionship we can empower menstruators and reverse negative and hegemonic discourses about these stages in life. We can all be allies and agents of change to destigmatize and normalize menstruation in our society.
What do we do?
- Classes and workshops (children, families, adults)
- Consulting sessions
- Teacher training
- Teaching materials
- Events to celebrate life transitions
- Menstrual activism
Carla Arrunátegui Smith – Founder
Carla is an educator with degrees in Human Development, Early Childhood Education, Spanish Language Education, and Menstrual Education. Carla has spent more that 12 years of experience in teaching, designing educational curriculum, and training teachers. Member of The Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.
Carla started Menstrualiadas as a platform for menstrual education and activism inspired by her experience mothering and exploring new ways to relate to her menstruation, as well as by the desire to normalize and visibilize the menstrual cycle at home and in society.