08 Mar Menstrual Guide Book Launched For Young Women To Help Break Taboos Around Female Health
Education around periods is still woefully lacking worldwide, especially for young adults at the very brink of puberty, confused and in terror of all the new changes happening to their bodies and minds.
To help educate and empower women of all ages and remove the stigma surrounding menstruation, INTIMINA has today launched a book for young girls that have just entered or are to enter womanhood.
INTIMINA’s “The Wonder Girls Guide Book” aims to fill up the hole left by inadequate educational programs, shame and taboos around periods, to strike up the conversation about an entirely normal part of growing up. The book is created for ages eight to twelve and it tells the stories of trials & tribulations strong young women experience because of their changing, growing bodies.
Each story, whose main characters are introduced through vivid and colorful illustrations by a budding artist and designer, Antonija Bačić, provides both the situational learning experience and information about menstruation with practical advice on how to avert unpleasant situations.
Through the characters’ dialogues, the book’s heroes learn the importance of open communication among friends, parents, understanding, tolerance, mutual support, protection, courage, altruism, authenticity, and assertiveness. The situations described in the stories provide models for respectful, understanding conversations between parents and their pubescent children.
Ending the period stigma is a goal that can best be achieved by starting small – in the playgrounds, school hallways, locker rooms, everywhere where young people share their intimate lives. It’s essential normal human functions remain just that – normal, and that every conversation revolving around natural growth should feel empowering rather than embarrassing.
“With this book, INTIMINA continues its mission to help women live fulfilling lives without being stigmatized by natural things like menstruation. This time we focused on young women as we want to help them enter womanhood without fear and advise them on dealing with possibly difficult and embarrassing situations concerning menstruation. We believe this book will also be of great help to many parents that still haven’t sat down with their daughters and sons to explain all the changes puberty brings”, said Danela Žagar, INTIMINA Global Brand Manager.