Women Contribution Towards Sustainable Environment
Climate change has always been a serious issue to talk about. The threat is undeniable yet there are still a lot of people who underestimate this dangerous disaster. As a humanitarian organization that takes action in disaster, YAKKUM Emergency Unit (YEU) is committed to spread awareness about climate change impact and its risk reduction. It is also important to learn on how we can contribute to reduce the risk and impact. Through this campaign, we invite women to take part as an actor of change by doing small act with big impact.
Therefore, for the past two months, YEU worked together with Hiro Space agency to start a campaign to invite women’s role in reducing climate change and not only that, more importantly also to put more awareness in women’s reproductive health. This can be done with just a little change by women. We invite women to use of reusable menstrual pads or sanitary pad made of cloth. Women need to be free from risk of long-term exposure a significant amount of harmful chemical contained in most disposable sanitary pads. Not only women, but all community elements should be aware that disposable sanitary pads needs about 500-800 years to decompose, which is put a very high burden for environment. Campaign towards better environment in terms of sanitary pads should be supported by all community elements and cannot be done by put responsibility on women only. “And breaking down the stigma around menstruation, is critical to moving toward a more socially and environmentally thoughtful future”. Chris Bobel, an expert on menstruation at the University of Massachusetts, Boston has stated.
In this campaign, we introduced the tagline #PakePembalutKain (#usereusablemenstrualpads) as our main guidance. A whole campaign held digitally using Instagram accounts at @hirospace and @yakkumemergency and Facebook at YAKKUM Emergency Unit. The campaign started by showing how dangerous the effect of menstrual pad is to our environment, followed by giving an alternative solution to change the disposable menstrual pads into reusable pads made of cloth. In this step we slowly directed women to start taking a small change by using menstrual pads that are made of cloth. In order to increase their interest, we were also displaying other women's experiences that already changed the use of disposable menstrual pads to the reusable one.
Next step, we are also showing tutorials on how to make their own menstrual pads from cloth.
https://www.instagram.com/tv/CAZRN4_H9ad/?igshid=13gls5io0x325 We believe that by providing this tutorial is one small step to empower women to have more independence within their reproductive health.
To make the campaign to be more interactive, we organized a sharing session by inviting Biyung Indonesia as speaker. This sharing session was held on Hiro Space agency’s Instagram via Live Instagram and managed to get 72 accounts as a viewer. We also make a little quiz by the end of the sharing session.
To wrap up the campaign, we posted tutorials video on how to maintain and wash our menstrual pads that is made from cloth.
Although campaign only contributed small aspect in reducing impact of climate change, we believe that this campaign can be a good start. Once again we believe that the method of women influence other women to start doing a little change for better future is effective. So, let’s contribute a small action by using a menstrual pads made of cloth. Less waste, more sustainable future.
This is our small tribute to our beloved earth.