On this Menstrual Hygiene Day — May 28, 2017, let’s celebrate the knowledge that 30,000 years ago, humans knew that we women bleed 13 times a year in sync with the Moon — and we do not die. Reverence behold for the women of Planet Earth during this pre-history time and beyond. A time when we lived in balance and in awe of Woman and Nature, natural truths we are re-membering today. This 30,000 year old bas-relief “Venus of Laussel” cave art from France, records a woman holding a crescent moon-shaped horn engraved with 13 lines — one for each of the 13 moons of the year — while she points to her womb. Perhaps this was a menstrual teaching manual for our ancestral sisterhood. This women’s knowledge is our millennia-old inheritance.
Today’s girls and young women are clamoring for silence to be removed from Our Periods – our lives and cycles in tune with Mother Nature. The world is moving toward re-membering our woman-rite in so many ways:
Women’s Voices for the Earth fight for non-toxic menstrual products.
Support Women, Period in Minnesota provides Menstrual products to homeless shelters, transitional housing and shelters for victims of domestic violence – all places that depend on donations of supplies.
WASH United in Africa is making Menstrual hygiene management a worldwide priority.
Global Citizen shares new magazines on women’s health and women’s rights, period dramas and girls in Nepal.
Oxfam in Nepal is teaching women to sew menstrual napkins and earn a living doing it!
See what’s happening in classrooms right now around the world and a great video!
And just in case you doubt the wisdom and artistry of humans 30,000 years ago, it has recently been discovered that the depictions of animals on the walls of caves at that time were seen to move or gallop in place with the flickering of cave fires. Our ancestors were in fact videographers – a person who records images.
Celebrate International Menstrual Hygiene Day this May 28th, and the knowledge that “We Bleed and Do Not Die” with women around the world and through time!
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