Figure 1: Womb Bowls
“This is my uterus. Before the workshop, I did not know that I had to look after myself, and provide comfort to my uterus and my body. I used to be very lazy about taking care of myself and my body, but now I will take care of myself and rest when I need to during my menstruation.”
Figure 2: Art Therapy & Reproductive Health with Art to Healing
Based on 25 participants, the mean K10 score (which measures psychological distress) prior to the Women’s Transformational Program was 26.75 (SD 5.17), indicating moderate levels of psychological distress. At the end of the program, the mean K10 score was 14.82 (SD 5.34), representing a mean decrease of 11.63 (SD 6.47).
The final mean K10 score indicates a noticeable reduction in psychological distress for participants from pre- to post-workshop assessment; inferring a reduction in symptoms of agitation, anxiety, fatigue, restlessness, worthlessness and depression.
Through carefully chosen art-therapy interventions, a nurturing and supportive environment, and the opportunity for self-expression, healing and insight, themes of empowerment, hope, resilience, self-love, and determination were portrayed. The WTP affected positive short-term outcomes for participants, largely because of its innovative experiential, educational, and therapeutic structure and delivery.
Art to Healing hopes to spread the utilisation of the expressive art therapies, combined with reproductive health education, as an innovative way and approach to create change in issues around menstrual discrimination and to improve and increase women’s innate sense of worthiness and confidence, to more partner organisations in South and South East Asia.
As inner resilience builds and women start to accept and love their bodies and natural cycles, attitudes of gender-based violence and disrespect will start to change, hopefully decreasing systemic issues such as domestic violence and child sex slavery. This is our wish, to prevent child sex slavery, trafficking and exploitation, and this starts firstly with respect and honour for a woman’s body and the innate natural cycles of life.
Published August 2020. Copyright Art to Healing.