PERIOD KNOWLEDGE IS POWER
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 limit the lives of people who 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 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 also be considered a natural dimension of international development work..
MENSEN is a member-based organization founded in 2014. We are politically and religiously unaffiliated.
THE ORIGIN OF MENSEN
The organization MENSEN (translates to THE PERIOD) was founded in 2014. 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 intersectionality. 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 works in a Swedish context, but with a global perspective and spreading awareness about the situation for menstruating persons worldwide. We always strive to broaden the view of menstruation.
THE BOARD 2020
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. Note that all the board members are volunteers and will reply when time allows. For urgent requests – send an email to email@example.com.
CHAIR PERSON | Emy
DEPUTY CHAIR PERSON | Rebecca
TREASURER | Linda
DEPUTY TREASURER | Ida
BOARD MEMBER | Elsa
BOARD MEMBER | Freja
BOARD MEMBER | Ellen
BOARD MEMBER | Sofie
PROJECT MANAGER | Sanna
ORGANIZATIONAL MANAGER | Rebecka
Illustrations by Hannele Fernström