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File #: 190480    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 5/23/2019 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 5/23/2019
Title: Recognizing May 28, 2019 as Menstrual Hygiene Day and honoring No More Secrets Mind Body Spirit, Inc., a sexuality awareness non-profit organization whose mission is to decrease the silence and secrecy associated with the menstrual cycle by destigmatizing and normalizing societal behaviors, language, and attitudes related to menstruation and menstrual hygiene.
Sponsors: Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Gym
Attachments: 1. Signature19048000
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Recognizing May 28, 2019 as Menstrual Hygiene Day and honoring No More Secrets Mind Body Spirit, Inc., a sexuality awareness non-profit organization whose mission is to decrease the silence and secrecy associated with the menstrual cycle by destigmatizing and normalizing societal behaviors, language, and attitudes related to menstruation and menstrual hygiene.
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WHEREAS, Menstrual Hygiene Day is an annual international health campaign to address the widespread stigma and shame surrounding menstruation and menstrual hygiene by ensuring access to factual information thereon, addressing the negative social norms around the issue, and ensuring universal access to hygienic products; and

WHEREAS, Menstrual Hygiene Day was initiated in 2013 and is a global advocacy platform that brings together the voices and actions of non-profits, government agencies, individuals, the private sector, and the media to promote good menstrual hygiene management for all women and girls; and

WHEREAS, No More Secrets Mind Body Spirit, Inc., initiated the fight against Period Poverty in April 2016. In September 2018, the organization executed the "Period or Not Respect the Dot!," a campaign to end Period Poverty for school-aged youth to break the silence, raise awareness, and change negative social norms around menstrual hygiene management, and to engage decision-makers to politically prioritize and catalyze action for menstrual hygiene management at the national, state, and local levels; and

WHEREAS, The widespread silence and stigma surrounding menstruation and menstrual hygiene mean that youth often lack basic information thereon, and they are excluded and stigmatized and thus prevented from realizing their full potential; and

WHEREAS, Headquartered in the City of Philadelphia in the Germantown Neighborhood, No More Secrets Mind Body Spirit, Inc., is the nation's first sexuality awareness organization working to decrease risk in vulnerable populations through the developme...

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