Menstruation is a rich, multi-faceted experience that has social, cultural, economic, environmental, health, and gender dimensions. Eco Femme’s programs and educational training modules have evolved in response to our growing understanding of the holistic nature of this experience along with the development of the menstrual health ecosystem in India and across the world.
At the core of Eco Femme’s educational approach are the following values:
Our programs range from direct education on the basics of menstruation with adolescent girls and marginalised women right through to training facilitators and supporting educational ambassadors to take a stand for sustainable menstruation on behalf of the earth. We work with a growing network of grassroots NGO partners and educational ambassadors across India. Our different programs are:
In addition to these different programs, we have a thriving community of ambassadors within India and around the world who are voluntary grassroots ambassadors for healthy and sustainable menstruation. Meet them and learn of their motivation on our Ambassador page
We have also gathered a wide range of research documents and resources which can be freely accessed to help educators and ambassadors speak confidently and accurately about menstruation in their communities.
Passing on the Power of Informed Choice
Pad for Pad connects our customers and adolescent girls in India through the shared experience of menstruation, respect for our bodies, and love for the earth. When women and girls around the world choose to use our cloth pads their purchase ensures that other girls, who might not otherwise be able to, get to access clean, alternative menstrual products and answers to their questions. It’s an idea we like to call ‘eco-sisterhood.’
In October 2013, we launched Pads for Sisters in order to make our products accessible to economically disadvantaged women (over 19 years old). Under this program, we provide cloth pads at a subsidised price (reflecting the cost of materials and stitching only, no overheads) to organizations working with women who otherwise could not afford the products.
Are you interested in sharing Eco Femme’s vision of eco-positive, dignified, and healthy periods? We invite you become an Eco Femme Ambassador and help change the world one period at a time.
As part of our commitment to revitalising female-and earth-honouring menstrual products and practices, Eco Femme is developing itself as a research and resource centre.
Building upon the success of our flagship Pad for Pad program, Eco Femme has identified the need for a more in-depth and far-reaching approach to menstrual education, which includes the broader issues of women’s empowerment and socio-environmental change. To address this need, a series of workshops and seminars is being developed.
A training program for Eco Femme ambassadors and facilitators, including a workshop to be offered in Auroville, on an annual or bi-annual basis, is currently in development.