Lunette CEO, Heli Kurjanen, spoke at UN general assembly

equality, girls rights

Our mission is to have honest and inspiring conversation about menstruation so that we can motivate period positivity- and change the world one conversation and one cup at a time.

Yesterday, Heli (@HeliK_Lunette ) CEO of Lunette spoke at the UN general assembly in the crucial discussion of “The role of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in the Economic Empowerment of Women.”

“When women and girls are freed from adversities and issues, that come as a result of being on their period, then they can unleash their true empowerment. Unfortunately there are many in the world who are still facing these unnecessary hardships. We believe that positive change is possible and we’re working to prove it.”

Heli spoke alongside the Vice President of Costa Rica Ana Helena Chacón Echeverría, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development, Finland, Kai Mykkänen and Minister of Gender, Zambia, Victoria Kalima as well as many others.

The discussion reviewed the critical links between sexual and reproductive health and rights and women’s full participation in economic development. It’s critical that we are able to strengthen awareness and to leverage commitment on realizing women’s and girls’ sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and their economic empowerment.

Lunette is more than just a menstrual cup. We’re a group of passionate and creative value-activists who want to spread a powerful message.

Heli and the rest of the Lunette team are immensely proud and humbled by the opportunity to speak at such an important event about a topic we care so deeply about.

Follow the conversation using the hashtag #SRHREmpowers

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Menstruation is a vital issue for the international community.

"Violence towards women in refugee camps has nothing to do with lust. It has to do with power. This is unacceptable." -Mr. Frans Timmermans

Education and dialog is key to protect women's human rights.

"Boys and men are a vital part of the equation in supporting the girl through her journey." -Dr. Natalia Kanem
"The barriers that we see are based on social norms. There is an assumption that teaching sexual education will encourage girls to be sexually active." -Dr. Lydia Murithi (sexual and reproductive health specialist, ICRW)

It's not easy to integrate sex and reproductive education into the school curriculum. But that's the direction that we need to go in.

"We can be proactive as far as documentation. But we need to be proactive in implementation." -Ms. Annah Sango, Zimbabwe Young Positives.)

As communities invest in their girls we protect them from violence and maternal death.

"Gender based violence effects the wellbeing of women in every country." -Dr. Natalia Kanem

 

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