Type of Culminating Activity
Student research paper
Through research and personal experience I found that there is a disparity for girls and women throughout the world when it comes to a natural occurrence for females, called menstruation. For the sake of brevity, I will use the general term “girls” though I mean to include women, also. In many countries girls don’t understand this monthly feminine process and don’t have the proper equipment to use. In many countries girls are taught wives’ tales on why women menstruate. Because of this they perpetuate the falsehoods to their girls and this leads to insecurities and shame. They also do not have the products needed to absorb the blood and to keep their bodies clean, therefore, they stay at home using primitive means or sometimes no means to absorb the blood. They sometimes sit on discarded cardboard to soak up the blood, or they dig a hole in the floor of their huts and sit upon the hole to catch the blood. Because they have no feminine hygiene products they must stay home and that causes loss of schooling and work. As part of my project I want to provide information, education and make personal hygiene kits for these women and girls to be able to use so that they can continue with their lives without interruption. These girls, world-wide, need help and they need to be taught how to help themselves so that they are not held back. My capstone project is to bring reproductive education and feminine hygiene kits to 25 girls in Venezuela.
Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies
Margaret Sass, J.D., Ed.D.