Women's Reproductive Health
"No woman should be told she can't make decisions about her own body."
- Kamala Harris
Many of the exceptional girls and women Art to Healing works with suffer tremendously from reproductive and sexual health issues. It is common for survivors of sex slavery to experience:
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’s)
Painful or absent menstrual periods
Low self esteem
Depression and anxiety
In Asia, many women and young girls are not valued, respected and loved in the same way as boys and men. Many girls and women simply wish they had been born a man. This cultural mindset, that men are inherently more valuable that women leads to many girls and women being abused and sold into the violent sex trade.
In the remote western region of Nepal, girls, even today, frequently die from menarche (their first menstrual period). Menarche practices that involve girls being shunned by their families and locked up in small sheds without food and water reinforce the stigma and shame many girls experience for being born a girl.
Art to Healing is absolutely committed to changing this.
Art to Healing believes that it is possible to create a world where women and girls are genuinely respected and valued. A world where girls don’t have to live in shame and tremendous fear for being born female.
To realise a world where women love, respect and are deeply connected to their bodies we believe that an empowering, pioneering, strengths based approach is needed.
Our transformation and vital health programmes bring women and girls with unique experiences together to support one another to heal the wounds of sexual abuse and trauma through:
- Trauma informed yoga for women
- Education in life-skills
- Art therapy
- Reproductive health and self-care
- Therapeutic support for sexual abuse
- Fertility and sacred sexuality
- Menstrual health
- 10 day “wisdom of women’s cycles” training program
- Feminine leadership training- which empowers participants to be educators, leaders and role models to other girls, women and their communities
- Research with QUT measuring how art therapy and education in reproductive health impacts post-traumatic growth in women and children who have experienced the illegal sex trade as workers