MENSEN’S feminist vision is a society where the knowledge of menstruation and the menstrual cycle is knowledge based and widespread. A society without negative menstrual norms, taboos and myths that limits the lives of people who will menstruate, already menstruates, have previously menstruated or never will menstruate.
Everyone should be given sufficient information and necessary knowledge about menstrual-related issues and their own body. There should exist an infrastructure that takes into account the various needs of menstruations as well as secure access to safe and sanitary menstrual products. Everyone should be able to reach out for support and medical care for menstrual-related health problems and receive a fair treatment, regardless of the context. The conversation about menstruation should be open at school, in the workplace, in private life and society at large. Menstruation should likewise make a dimension within the global development work.
MENSEN is a member-based organization founded in 2014. We are politically and religiously impartial.
Before every menstruation, an egg matures in the ovary, and subsequently gets released and travels through the fallopian tube to the uterus. The organization MENSEN (translates to THE PERIOD) started in 2014 when the forces of two Gothenburgian menstrual activist matured.
MENSEN has always been a multifaceted organization that uses various methods to talk about – and increase the knowledge around menstruation, the menstrual cycle and menstrual health. From the very beginning, MENSEN has influenced the public opinion on menstrual-related issues through advocacy, educational materials and workshops, film screenings, art exhibitions etc, in order to disseminate knowledge.
One of our core values is norm awareness. For example: we apply gender-neutral words when talking about menstruation and the menstrual anatomy, since menstruation has nothing to do with gender identity. MENSEN has primarily worked in a Swedish context, but with a global perspective and spreading awareness of the situation worldwide. We are always striving to broaden the view on menstruation for all and everyone.
The organization MENSEN is built on driving spirits. The board is elected at the annual general meeting – the highest decision making body within the organization – that is held in Febuary every year. Contact the board at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHAIR PERSON | Elenore
DEPUTY CHAIR PERSON | Freja
TREASURER | Ida
DEPUTY TREASURER | Ingrid
BOARD MEMBER | Hedvig
BOARD MEMBER | Elsa
BOARD MEMBER | Emy
BOARD MEMBER | Louise
ORGANIZATIONAL STRATEGIST | Rebecka
PROCT MANAGER | Klara