In Action

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:

  • informed choice about menstrual products that promote health and wellbeing – for the individual, for the community and for the earth
  • menstrual cycle literacy is taught and encouraged to promote relating to menstruation as a cyclical process that includes much more than the overt phase of bleeding.
  • respect for culture recognising that cultural practices may hold meaning and significance – inquiry based conversations that distinguish safe from unsafe practices
  • speaking from love of the earth and authenticity when teaching or sharing about menstruation and sustainable products – never guilt or shame!
  • Responsive approaches to suit the context – there is no one size fits all approach or product and programs are tailor made to suit the context.

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:

  • Pad for Pad: menstrual health education and free pad gifting programs to adolescent girls
  • Pads for Sisters: menstrual health education and process for introducing cloth pads to marginalised women. Cloth pads are discounted so as to be affordable
  • Training of Trainers:  Customised programs to provide training to menstrual health facilitators/educators
  • Adult Education seminars and workshops: Training program for menstrual activists, educators and ambassadors who are interested in exploring the broader issues of women’s empowerment and socio-environmental change with sustainable menstruation as the gateway.

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.

Pad for Pad

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.’

Pads for Sisters

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.

The Ambassador Network

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.

“Environmental and social change through revitalizing menstrual practices”

Research and Resources

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.

Adult Education Seminars and Workshops

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.

Training of Trainers Program

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.

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