‘My Period Stories’ – New Podcast On Periods Takes Off

A new podcast, ‘My Period Stories’, which is featuring conversations and stories about menstruation has been launched.

The podcast series is part of the Sanitary Pad Media Campaign, SMPC, initiated by award-wining broadcast journalist and former General Manager of Radio One 103.5FM, Lagos, Anike-ade Funke Treasure.

Funke Treasure said in a statement announcing the launch on Wednesday, 27th July that the podcasts would touch on diverse issues, policies and perspectives about menstruation from peoples across the world.

“It would feature stories of everyday people – girls, women, men, governments, NGOs, international bodies, and communities around the globe.  The editions would capture authentic stories of pains and gains in the advocacy to get free sanitary pads into the hands of every girl in Nigeria and elsewhere in the world”, she explained.

The series would use a variety of formats in storytelling ranging from interviews, discussions, reports, testimonies and more to tell stories about issues, policies and activities regarding menstrual periods.

Ms Anike-ade Funke Treasure

‘My Period Stories’ podcasts, according to Funke, are meant to normalise the conversation about periods, girls, and free pads in Nigeria; to widen the scope of discourse about periods, to bring about policy actions from the government; to create better understanding and buy-in from all, in the call for the tackling of period poverty; and to mainstream the conversation about sustainable alternatives to disposable pads.

In her words: “The podcast is an integral part of our media campaign about period poverty, menstrual health, and hygiene. We aim to normalise the conversation about periods in the public space so that everyone can talk comfortably about periods”, explaining further that, “Period poverty isn’t just about money, it’s also about the shame and taboo that shrouds menstruation. These often lead to people feeling too uncomfortable to reach out for help when they experience difficulties. For this to happen, we need to hold period-centered conversations in public spaces.”

She stated that SPMC’s vision is to join forces with individuals and organisations across the world “working to eradicate period poverty, one girl at a time, one underserved community at a time, and one public school at a time”.

In pursuant of this vision, SPMC has joined in the distribution of menstrual hygiene items along with others by instituting a scholarship scheme for school aged girls and there are now 425 girls in four states of the federation namely Lagos, Oyo, Kwara, Kaduna and Benue States.

The scholarship provides menstrual items like pads, pants, beverage, soap and sanitisers to the girls monthly, as an incentive to remain in school.

SPMC recently received a donation of 10,000 units of re-usable sanitary pads which has given impetus to its outreaches and partnerships with organisations actively working in the health, education and development sectors.

 

The first episode of ‘My Period Stories’ podcast is available on https://myperiodstorieswithfunketreasure.buzzsprout.com/2017268/11036504-my-first-period

 

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