Eind mei verscheen er een interview van Ashley en schoonzus Olivia met VeronicaBeard.com, als onderdeel van hun blog #MakeItHappen. Hiervoor hadden ze een fotoshoot met Kate Jones
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Menstrual Health Advocates Ashley Greene Khoury, Olivia Khoury & Melissa Berton
Imagine having to use newspapers or old rags when you have your period. Now imagine being ostracized for even having a period—your education is halted, you’re stigmatized by society, and made to feel “dirty” or less than during that time of the month.
Sadly, this is the reality for many low-income communities. Without access to basic sanitation services and reproductive education, girls and women around the world—including here in the U.S.—face these harrowing hardships, oftentimes with acceptance.
That’s where The Pad Project comes in. The nonprofit dedicates itself to ending period stigma and ensuring access to period care for all, working with school districts and grassroots organizations to distribute period products in thirteen states in the U.S., and supporting reproductive education workshops, pad machine enterprises, and washable pad programs in twelve countries around the world—because no girl should have to drop out of school because she lacks access to affordable and hygienic menstrual supplies. “A period should end a sentence, not a girl’s education,” says founder Melissa Berton, who also produced the 2018 Academy Award-winning documentary, Period. End of Sentence., which started the global conversation about menstrual equity.
Berton isn’t doing this alone. Actress Ashley Greene Khoury and her sister-in-law, stylist Olivia Khoury, are co-founders of Hummingway, the hormonal health brand, which frequently partners with The Pad Project to amplify its message. “I find it insane that our periods are the key factor in the creation of life, yet has become a burden for so many,” says Greene Khoury. “Everyone deserves to go throughout their lives with dignity and equal rights. No one’s life should be interrupted or have opportunities suppressed by their menstrual cycle.”
“We have been programmed by the patriarchy to think that our pain is normal, marketed Midol all our lives to believe that we have to get up and go, when in reality our period is a time for restoration and softening. It is a time to go inwards,” adds Khoury, whose company addresses whole cycle wellness—and the tools, education, and community that come with it. Their Cycle Soother Patches, for instance, focuses on the root cause of your pain, working with your body instead of against it.
Here, in honor of Menstrual Hygiene Day on May 28, we speak with all three women on what set them on their path, what keeps them going— even in the face of obstacles—and why menstrual equality matters.