One of my main passions is women’s mental health and over the years of working with young women in the role of support worker I have seen how poor body literacy can lead to girls and young women feeling alienated from their bodies and often having very poor body image.

I believe there is a strong link between the experience a girl has at menarche and their blossoming self-esteem. I am passionate about helping girls and their mothers to have a positive experience of menarche because I think this is one of the key building blocks towards young women developing good emotional health and wellbeing.

Charlotte Randomly, Bristol UK

Each of these women brings considerable professional and personal expertise and skill to the Celebration Day for Girls workshops that they facilitate. Each has successfully completed the Celebration Day for Girls Facilitator Training and mentoring program, and is actively involved in ongoing mutual reflection and support with other facilitators.

I have worked with women for years and have observed that many have a less than joyous relationship to menstruation. Often they are holding memories from menarche and teenage years when they were frightened by their bleeding or teased about it.

During my own life transitions and rites of passage, such as menarche, birthing and mothering, which naturally unsettled my sense of identity, I longed for celebration and acknowledgment of my growth and changing status.

Ingrid Petterson, Geelong Australia

To make enquiries about A Celebration Day for Girls, or to make a booking for your school or community group, contact the facilitator closest to you. You will find her contact details with her bio. If there are no facilitators in your immediate area contact the closest or use our general contact details. Please note that facilitators travel widely to offer A Celebration Day for Girls.

We know there is a huge empire built around young girls and adolescents. Fashion, magazines, the internet, social networking, music videos all bombard girls with what is acceptable and unacceptable, worthy and unworthy, ‘hot’ and ‘not hot’. Girls are extremely vulnerable to these powerful forces during their formative years.

I feel strongly that girls with positive role models, given positive and truthful information, are much more able to make healthy choices.

In my practice I see some patients squirm in their seats when I ask about their menarche or menstrual cycle. I wish that as girls they could have been given a sense wonder about their bodies, a sense of community with their sisterhood, and the knowledge that there is nothing shameful or embarrassing about being a woman or how our bodies work.

Jacintha Gunasekera, Sydney Australia

How do I become a facilitator?

Contact us to find out about the training to become a Celebration Day for Girls Facilitator, when and where training is scheduled and to receive an application form.