What if you had to miss school because you had your period?
Period. End of Sentence. addresses this issue in the Academy Award winning short documentary film. Come see the film and hear from our diverse panel; because a period should end a sentence -- not a girls' education.
Wednesday, May 8th
Documentary - 7:00 pm * Panel Discussion - 7:30 pm
The West Newton Cinema, 1296 Washington Street, West Newton, MA 02465
Those interested in attending are encouraged to bring a package of sanitary pads which will be donated to the Family Van.
About the Film
In rural India, where the stigma of menstruation persists, women make low-cost sanitary pads on a new machine and stride toward financial independence.
About the Panel
Laura DeDominicis, Executive Director, Nurturing Minds
Laura has an extensive background in poverty alleviation working with both start-ups and long-established organizations that improve livelihoods in the developing world and in the U.S. Laura is a founding board member and currently serves as the Executive Director of Nurturing Minds which provides financial and technical assistance to programs that improve access to quality education and life skills for girls in Tanzania, with a particular emphasis on girls who are poor and at-risk of becoming involved in exploitative forms of child labor.
Julie Phippen, Founder & President, Sewpportive Friends
Julie is founder and President of Sewpportive Friends, a non-profit organization that provides women and girls in rural villages in Africa with the tools and hope for a successful, brighter future. Sewpportive Friends' mission is to provide washable, reusable feminine hygiene products and related accessories, and empower them through teaching the sewing process to produce these items for themselves.
Julia VanRooyen, MD, Member of the teaching faculty, Wayland High School
Dr. Julia VanRooyen is a member of the teaching faculty at Wayland High School, where she currently teaches biology. Dr. VanRooyen is a gynecologic surgeon, with subspecialty training in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery. She trained in gynecology and obstetrics at Northwestern University, and she then completed her urogynecology training at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She worked as a member of the gynecology faculty at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and was a Fellow at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative.