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Rediscover Period! WE Int. launches a six-part conversation series on menstruation

Updated: Mar 15

How can something be experienced by half of the seven billion people in this world, and still be a taboo topic? Heck, such experiences should be perennially trending hashtags on Twitter. Somehow, though, when it comes to menstruation the best we get is misinformation and a blatant lack of education. In an attempt to break this stigma WomEnpowered International (WE Int.) is launching Period rediscovered.—a six-part discussion series to create a space where our members and their friends (men included!) can actually learn about menstruation. We will meet once every month from March to August 2021.



Our main motivation behind starting this series is to:

  1. Reclaim our education by acquiring an accurate understanding of menstruation

  2. Become enabled to make informed and empowered decisions about our body and reproductive health

  3. Explore the history and culture of the feminist struggle(s) related to menstruation

  4. Deconstruct the gender dynamics in promoting women’s health and destigmatizing menstruation

Session Schedule - tentative (sessions will generally happen in the third weekend every month)

#1 March 20: Understanding our Period (sign up: https://forms.gle/2eD1BVfzKtecfBsw8)

#2 April : Period products

#3 May : Contraceptives and their effect on the female body

#4 June : Habits, including nutrition/diet, and menstruation

#5 July : History of the period

#6 August : Cultural context around menstruation


The advisors to our Period rediscovered. series—Dr. Magali Matsumiya and Dr. Yosuke Matsumiya—have agreed to help ensure that we provide accurate and reliable information. They have also connected us with multiple professionals who can support the specialized sessions in this series. We are genuinely grateful to be able to work with and learn from such amazing mentors. Here is a little bit more about them:

Dr. Magali Matsumiya is currently a Physics teacher, working at St Clare’s college in the UK where she teaches the International Baccalaureate. Previously, she taught Physics and Biology at the British School in Tokyo and the Marlborough School in Oxfordshire. Magali has always loved science and the perspective it brings to daily life and activities. She studied Natural Sciences, specializing in Genetics at Cambridge University then completed a DPhil in Infection, Immunology, and Translational Medicine at Oxford University. Her thesis was completed at the Jenner Institute, focusing on the variability in human immune responses to vaccination. As a teacher, Magali enjoys combining her passions in science, research, and education to enthuse the next generation. In her spare time, Magali enjoys spending time with her family and playing ultimate frisbee.

Dr. Yosuke Matsumiya is a medical doctor specializing in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, currently working for LUCA Science (a Japanese biotechnology company) and co-ordinating research at the University of Oxford. He studied Medicine at the University of Cambridge and King’s College London. After qualifying as a doctor he has worked in hospitals in Oxford and the surrounding District Hospitals. He is currently the only Japanese member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and has also spent time doing volunteer work/research in Tanzania and Uganda. Yosuke was in Japan between 2017-2020 during which time he was appointed a full-time assistant professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Tokyo, as well as lecturing at Keio University where he was awarded the Best Teacher Award in 2020 for covering topics that included gender equality, mental health, and female genital mutilation. He strives towards his 7E philosophy: Education, Equality, Environment, Ethics, Empathy, Efficiency, Entertainment.

Dr. Magali and Yosuke Matsumiya in front of Yasuda Hall, University of Tokyo campus

----- So, if you’ve been experiencing periods without really knowing what’s going on, or if you want to support some of the amazing women in your life, or you want to play ultimate frisbee with Magali, join the Period Rediscovered. series! See you there!


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