The Dugdale Trust for Women & Girls

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The Waratah Project

Exploring Menstruation & Menopause in a Positive & Contemporary Context

The Waratah Project is a new initiative to influence the way we collectively think about menstruation and menopause away from old notions of shame and towards a more positive and woman-honouring way of understanding these universal aspects of female experience.

The project challenges existing beliefs, attitudes and practices that are detrimental to the wellbeing of women and girls, and is in the process of conducting extensive research in order to develop and promote a successful contemporary reframing of menstruation and menopause.

waratah flowerWe chose the waratah as our emblem because it is a symbol for strength and beauty, and, like this project, is a native of south-east Australia.

The Waratah Project questionnaire on women’s thoughts and feelings on menstruation and menopause is now online. Please take this chance to be a part of creating positive change for women and girls — the information we gather will guide our recommendations about what women and girls need. We are very interested in seeing how this questionnaire is answered in different parts of the world, so spread the word widely.

Please click here to take part in the survey.

Here’s the first offering from The Waratah Project! This short animation shows affirming traditions from around the world that welcome a girl’s first period.

To find out more about the project please follow these links:

Waratah Project People

Waratah Project Program