Women of the Month: Tara Swadi

Women of the Month: Tara Swadi

What does Dignity mean to you?

Dignity to me is the ability to stand proud, even in the face of adversity.

What was your experience with your first period?

I got my first period when I was 13. I remember being really excited to tell my Mum! I also remember a feeling of relief - there was a lot of talk amongst my friends at the time about who had theirs and who didn’t and I remember being afraid I wouldn’t get mine until I was older and it would be “weird”. 

What is the best thing for you about being a woman and menstruation?

It’s a good reminder that I can’t push my body or myself to breaking points. It reminds me that I’m not a machine, I am a flesh and blood human and I need to take care of myself!

What makes you feel empowered/comfortable in your skin?

It’s a funny one but my hair makes me feel empowered! I have very long dark curly hair, and I’ve been told before that curly hair isn’t professional looking and that I should “tame it”. Rocking natural curls to work and in professional settings makes me feel strong and empowered to be a woman and not be afraid to be a bit of a boss!

What would you like to say to anyone getting their first period?

Talk about it! Talk to your friends and your family and start a dialogue around what it means to you. You learn the best tips and tricks from others and being able to lean on people close to you is really important. 

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