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Soroptomist International Bunbury Celebrates IGAD 2017

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We are so excited that Soroptimist International Bunbury will be hosting an International Gynaecological Awareness Day (IGAD) event in August, 2017.

Kath presents at Methodist Ladies College

It was with great excitement and a little bit of trepidation, that I approached the opportunity to present to 100 15 year old girls on the subject of Sexual Health.

Even though I am a Life Member of the WA Sexology Association, presenting to 15 year old girls is a completely different concept.

To my surprise and delight, I got great feedback and the girl’s expressed an interest in knowing more about my life experience. Sadly, time did not prevail.

I was green with envy to know that these 15 year old girls were given the opportunity to have this up front knowledge about the emotional and physical effects and how empowered they must be to go out into the wide world.

If only we could be more open in society for all women to be forewarned about risks and symptoms and life changing issues that may develop in their future life.

 

National Rural Health Alliance Partyline

Below is article appearing in March edition of Partline to online magazine for National Rural Health Alliance.

It is hoped that this will reach far and wide to rural communities.  It would be great for all to encourage their networks to celebrate the Gynae Awareness day in their corner of the world.

Link to Kaths article:

http://www.ruralhealth.org.au/partyline/article/support-international-gynaecological-awareness-day-10-september

Support International Gynaecological Awareness Day on 10 September

  • Wongan Wobblers high tea

Wongan Wobblers high tea

International Gynaecological Awareness Day (IGAD) brings communities together and raises awareness of a serious topic through an element of fun. Download the IGAD kit at https://www.kathmazzella.com/category/international-gyn-awareness-day/  to help you organise an ‘Undies for Better Understanding’ event in your local area, encouraging women to speak out.

After my radical gynaecological cancer treatment, I soon realised millions of women, including country women, have gynaecological health issues but do not have a voice. I set out as an advocate for greater recognition of gynaecological and related mental health needs. These issues are poorly understood by many professionals, the community and women’s groups. We need to improve the knowledge and attitudes of the community at large with greater education and, most of all, support women and men standing alongside their women: wives, partners, mothers, sisters, daughters, work colleagues.

Undies quilt by Perth Modern Quilters
Undies quilt by Perth Modern Quilters

The Perth Modern Quilters created a quilt to assist me to help break down barriers and stigmas. When showing the quilt to the Country Women’s Association, Western Australia I was invited as a guest speaker at their 90th conference. This led to doing many country presentations and undies workshops. There is much laughter during these workshops as they allow women to sit around with each other, share their stories and have great conversations while making their undies. It helps them to be able to converse more openly next time they approach their health practitioners and to create greater dialogue between mothers and daughters and lessen the stigmas that can be passed down from one generation to the next.

I was born in Kalgoorlie, WA. I founded the Gynaecological Awareness Information Network Inc. www.gain.org.au in 2001. As a health consumer, a survivor and a thriver I am seeking support and action for International Gynaecological Awareness Day.

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It was fantastic to watch this video and the concept of Maki Agrawal to make her difference in the world for women.  I have written to her to seek collaboration with the Gynaecological Awareness Day.  How exciting it would be if we could bring this together.  Wish me luck

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-02-15/the-business-of-blood-can-be-tough-for-a-female-entrepreneur