International Women's Day: Menstrual Health Issues and Social Change

Global awareness of the challenges associated with menstrual health is growing and a movement has begun to end period poverty and change the negative perception of menstruation and its stigmatization. Join us in celebrating International Women's Day with an incredible panel of local and global leaders fighting against period poverty!

This discussion will take place virtually on Zoom starting at 12:00 PM CST on March 8th. Register to take part in this free event on our Eventbrite page.

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Our Speakers:  

Laura Isabel Ortiz Mejía

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Laura is a Program Manager and Social Psychologist with a background in Inclusive Classrooms and Special Education. Laura is deeply committed to the education and empowerment of youth and began her professional journey as a pre-school teacher before specializing as a Special Education Teacher. Laura also trained as a psychologist in the social and community development field at the University of San Carlos in Guatemala. Upon graduating, Laura spent a number of the years in the field co-creating and developing community projects to help heal existing wounds in the Guatemalan social fabric and support vulnerable groups such as migrants, women, LGTBIQ+ population, disability, Indigenous Peoples, etc.  Laura has also received training in Integral Education in Sexuality, Human Rights, International Framework for Gender Equality and Equity, Economic Empowerment of Women, Feminism, and Popular Education. Laura joined the Canadian Humanitarian-supported SERniña team in 2021 to lead our Curriculum Development and support all SERniña's programs for girls. A key role of Laura is her leadership in the design and implementation of SERniña's remote learning monthly magazines.  

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Isabel is a grade 10 student at Collège Jeanne-Sauvé in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her favorite subjects in school include Math and Science. Her favorite things to do outside of school are reading, cooking, and swimming. She is looking forward to the opportunity to be a part of this panel and make a difference in her community about menstrual equality. 

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Chloe is a grade 10 student at Collège Jeanne-Sauvé in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her favourite subjects in school are Science and English. She also enjoys being part of her school's choir and participating in this year's musical. She is excited to be participating in this panel. She is looking forward to the opportunity to meet and discuss with people who are as passionate as her about menstrual equality. 


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Mrs. Dhliwayo teaches at Maranatha Christian School in Kadoma, Zimbabwe. She is a hostel parent in charge of 36 girls from ages 12 to 18. Mrs. Juliana Dhliwayo has been a teacher for 32 years, working at different schools under the Zimbabwe Ministry of Education; she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Zimbabwe majoring in English and Communication and certificates in Teacher Education Community. She has hands-on experience on the impact of menstrual health on young girls as she deals with such issues all the time at her workplace, church, and other settings.

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