It’s something that more than half of Australia’s population will have to deal with at some point in their lives, yet it’s still one of our most taboo topics. It’s time to break the stigma – period.
Tasha Lawton is an Australian mum and film maker on a mission. While working on a documentary titled ‘That Period Film’, Tasha heard so many ‘first period’ stories that often included shame and embarrassment.
“Really, in 2019 we shouldn’t be embarrassed to talk about periods,” says Tasha.
Tired of the low standard of menstruation education in our country, she’s partnered with Share the Dignity to create a new, modern resource that teaches kids about periods.
‘Period Talk’ is Australia’s first education model designed to get kids talking about periods, removing the taboo and embarrassment that has surrounded the subject for so long.
With a focus on kids aged 8 to 13 – around grades five to eight – the course covers cycles, environmental impacts, PMS, nutrition and pain management, sanitary product options, changes to bodies and minds, healthy periods, boys and periods, cultural differences and the homeless and menstruation. It’s designed to be taught over a four-week period (pun intended) and aims to provide teacher notes, talking prompts, activities, a parent letter and a poster.
Here’s the cool part – the program is delivered by kids, for kids. The program is video based. Teachers and parents can play the videos and then guide the discussion with the supporting notes.
“Period Talk will not only educate our kids respectfully but will also open the dialogue to more meaningful conversations and greater care of one another,” Tasha explains.
$10 from every sale of a Period Talk program go directly to Share the Dignity, which provides sanitary products to homeless women, women at-risk and those experiencing domestic violence.
“Share the Dignity realised whilst it was important to help end period poverty, it was just as important to provide education around menstrual literacy. That’s why we have teamed up with Period Talk,” says Share the Dignity Founder and Managing Director, Rochelle Courtenay. “The goal is to have Period Talk in every classroom and every home. This program is crucial when it comes to normalising the conversation and smashing the shame and taboo around periods.”
Period Talk offers a school-based program for $199, as well as a family program $49 – Tasha believes that the family program will help parents create a home where periods can be discussed freely.
“With aids like our animations, activities and content presented by kids, parents will be able to overcome their own nerves and help present the topic in a relaxed way,” Tasha says.
To purchase the resource and start the conversation head to periodtalk.com.au.