SECTION 1 : “A Study of Fertility”

“A Study of Fertility” represents the first section within an ongoing project on the relationship between women, nature and creation.

Inspired by views on eco-feminism, sustainable development and human equality find place within a feminine approach to society, promoting harmony, progress and socio-economical wellbeing through information, understanding and connection between systems, environments and species.

The first theme to be analysed and displayed in “A Study of Fertility” brings awareness to the taboo of menstruation, reflecting on its sacrality and fundamental role on individual and collective female health.

The project, born in opposition to the progressive culture of infertility I feel experiencing, comes as a response to the shocking interest of a majority of women to stop menstruating, driven by discomfort, discrimination and pain.

Across the world, menstruation is met with silence and discrimination, causing restricted mobility, infection, loss of economic participation and in some extreme cases, even death. Menstruation is surrounded by shame, anxiety, embarrassment, pain and sometimes even amplified by social norms that reinforce harmful practices.

The stigma and shame generated by stereotypes around menstruation has a profound impact on women’s psychological and physiological health and reproductive life, as well as impacting women’s economic participation and advancement, undermining gender equality.

Breaking the taboo starts with the right to information and knowledge and the ability of women and girls to talk freely about menstruation, leading to creating change in the access to menstrual facilities and an improvement of menstrual hygiene.

To respect menstruation means in fact to acknowledge it as a human right issue, breaking and replacing the shame attached to it with dignity.

A Study of Fertility

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