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Celebrating Human Rights Day


December 5, 2018

At PRJKT RUBY, we spend a lot of time educating our followers and consumers about women’s rights. Whether that is access to contraception or the freedom to choose, women deserve to make their own decisions on what to do with their body. As we approach the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10th, we are reminded that all people deserve the equality, justice and human dignity we are often promised but are still working towards achieving.

According to the United Nations, the original declaration “sets out universal values and a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations. It establishes the equal dignity and worth of every person.” Heavy stuff, right? Still, these standards and values are as relevant now as they were in 1948. In bringing awareness to this day, the UN hopes to educate and encourage people to stand up for their rights and the rights of others around the world.

So where do we come into play? PRJKT RUBY has a mission to help women in the developing world get access to contraception and family planning services, despite their income, race, social status or age. Even in the United States, birth control is becoming more difficult for women to get through their doctors or their employers’ healthcare plans. According to Bustle, “we live in a society which depends on the collective whole being willing to work together to tend to the needs of the few, and the women in this country who need birth control are not just a few.” Fact. Millions of women rely on access to contraception for an array of health complications, and of course to avoid unintended pregnancy. The right to make your own health decisions and have access to the medications you need is a part of what makes our country so great—despite a small group who aims to take those rights away.

So what can you do to spread the good word? For starters, educate yourself! The UN has some amazing resources that can teach you more about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and what global efforts are currently in place. Additionally, share the hashtag #StandUp4HumanRights on Human Rights Day to spread the knowledge and share these universal values. Together, we can make a difference.

To learn more about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, head here.

To find out how PRJKT RUBY is making a difference through our TakeCare, GiveCare campaign, head here.

Count Your Blessings: How To Stay Grateful When Life Gets Tough


November 21, 2018

It’s the season of gratitude right? Around this time of year, everyone is talking about who or what they are thankful for. Unfortunately these sentiments are not voiced year-round, and a few days post-holiday season, we return to taking our everyday blessings for granted.

Life comes with a lot of curveballs. Whether it’s stress at work or school, our relationships, financial struggles or we’re just down on ourselves, we all seem to forget to take a step back and realize all that we have. Instead, we put energy into vocalizing all that we don’t have—enough money, time, clothes, etc. Finding time in our busy lives to sit back and show our gratitude can be tough, but we’re listing a few easy ways you can acknowledge your blessings and make them count:

 

  • Make a list. The first step to staying grateful is to acknowledge all the blessings around you that so many others simply do not have. A roof over your head, a car, food to eat, access to contraception or feminine care products, an education, etc. These simple pleasures that we take for granted are the foundation for our daily lives. The rest is trivial. Physically writing down a list however, can help engrave this feeling of gratitude in your head for longer than just a day or week. When you’re down or find yourself complaining about something small, pull out your handwritten list and be reminded of the opportunities you have in your daily life.
  • Set a daily intention. Try setting a daily intention every morning when you wake up. For example, before hopping out of bed you can say the following aloud to yourself: “Today, I am going to be grateful for my coffee maker because it allows me to enjoy fresh coffee each morning.” This habit forces you to acknowledge all the little things that make you happy and make your day easier. Starting your day off with the right mindset can only set you up for success.
  • Make time for family and friends. It’s pretty safe to say we’re all eternally grateful for the people we are closest to such as our family or best friends. Unfortunately, since everyone has their own busy, hectic lives, it can be easy to fall out of touch with those closest to us. Try reaching out to a friend you haven’t seen in awhile and plan to do something together. We tend to put people on the back burner in the midst of our crazy lives, but in reality, they make us who we are and for that we should be grateful.
  • Buy a journal and use it.  Just like making a list, writing down your thoughts is an easy and effective way to remind yourself of all that you have. Plus, looking back on those journal entries will help keep you grounded—it reminds you of where you’ve been, what you’ve gone through, and the experiences you’ve had. Having a journal, in turn, means setting aside some time in your day to use it. Detaching from work, homework or your daily to-dos to put your mind to paper will be a healthy reminder of what’s really important to you.
  • Put the phone down. Staying away from the screen will also help. We spend a lot of time on our phones, comparing ourselves to others that seem to “have more”. We create these false realities that we aim to live up to, and in doing so, we forget to look around and count our own blessings! The reality is that looking at your phone all day takes up precious time that could be spent reading a book, taking a walk, or hanging out with your family! There are things to be grateful for in every direction you look. Seriously—take a peek.

This holiday season, PRJKT RUBY is encouraging you to do a gratitude challenge. Implement our rules and count your blessings—whether that’s in the form of a list, a daily proclamation, or changing your lifestyle, expressing what you’re thankful for will change your mindset for the better. And of course, the law of reciprocity is always at play. The more gratitude you express, the more gratitude you’ll see around you.

PRJKT RUBY is grateful for all of you that make our mission a reality everyday. To learn more about what we do and how you can help women in the developing world have access to contraception and family planning services, head here: https://www.prjktruby.com/

Period Poverty: The Fight Continues


August 29, 2018

Being an adult can be pretty pricey. Being a woman of reproductive age can be even pricier. Between rent, utilities, car payments, and more, extra funds for food and basic living needs are limited — let alone setting aside a chunk of cash each month for feminine products like tampons or pads. Not being able to do so has been coined period poverty and it affects more women in the U.S. and around the world than you would think. According to an op-ed in the New York Times, over 40 million women in the U.S. that live in poverty are affected by “a lack of access to menstrual hygiene care” and “minimal access to safe sanitary spaces like toilets and showers.”

The cost of feminine hygiene products such as tampons or pads can rack up to almost $100 a year — a hefty price to pay for mother nature’s monthly package. Lack of access to these products can affect a young woman’s attendance at school or work, and impact their progress in the workforce, in education, or their economic status. According to Bustle, “in the UK, particularly, the relatively high cost of hygienic products means too many students simply stay home when they’re bleeding, rather than risking their peers’ running commentary when the blood spots start to show up.” Not only can this be demoralizing to a young woman, but for the homeless or low-income community, it perpetuates a cycle of homelessness or poverty in all facets of life. A new study based in the UK also suggests that women who have experienced period poverty are more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression later in life.

According to the Independent UK, 39% of women who experienced period poverty now suffer from anxiety or depression, after years of low self-confidence or being victimized by bullies. Aileen Nathan, spokesperson for Always UK, which conducted the survey of 1,000 women said, “Period poverty is a real issue among women today. But it’s only in recent years that we are seeing how the effects of period poverty at a young age can have far-reaching effects through a woman’s whole life.” Though period poverty hits the homeless community and low-income families the most, they are not alone. Incarcerated women are also affected — most prisons only allot women a certain amount of pads each month, and usually that’s not enough.  

Luckily, there are now many campaigns and initiatives working to encourage schools, workplaces, and prisons to provide feminine products for women each month. Despite growing advocacy, family planning resources, contraceptives and feminine products in the U.S. and in developing countries remain generally inaccessible to low-income women. Play your part and learn more about PRJKT RUBY’s TakeCare, GiveCare campaign, which works to give women in the developing world access to the female care they need.

 

Face Mapping: An Ancient Guide to Reading Your Breakouts


August 8, 2018

Hormonal acne is tough, especially when you’re on your period. Your face is a reflection of your health, and when your hormones are irregular, breakouts happen. According to the ancient Chinese Ayurvedic technique, face mapping,” the area of your acne is correlated to what’s happening inside of your body. For example, “face mapping” reveals that breakouts on your forehead may indicate that something isn’t quite right with your digestive system, whereas acne on your cheeks can be reflective of issues with your respiratory system. Acne on your chin can be correlated to hormonal imbalances, and the nose is said to be linked to the circulatory system. Although there is no foolproof guide to understanding the causes of acne, there are ways to prevent it!

According to Mindbodygreen, there are several areas you may be experiencing acne. Luckily, there are ways to avoid a dreaded breakout:

  • Forehead: This may be a sign your body is having difficulty breaking down certain foods. To fight dreaded forehead breakouts, try eliminating common food allergens to see if you’re experiencing any intolerances. Many have found avoiding dairy, gluten, and fatty foods can be quite effective. Most importantly, aim to drink at least two liters of water per day (this is especially important while menstruating)!
  • Cheeks: Breakouts in this area could be due to pollution –  which is why it’s important to always keep your face clean. To avoid pesky blemishes, wash your skin properly and refrain from touching your cheeks with your hands. It may also be caused by a dirty cellphone or pillowcase, so make sure to always keep your devices and sheets as clean as possible!
  • Chin: The chin is generally linked to hormonal acne and stress, which is why you’re more likely to breakout during that time of the month. Drinking lots of water, getting sufficient sleep, and staying active will help keep your hormones in check and ease blemishes.
  • Nose: Breakouts on your nose may suggest an issue with your blood pressure or circulatory system. Maintaining healthy cholesterol levels, cutting back on spicy foods, eliminating alcoholic beverages or coffee, and avoiding too much processed food can help prevent excessive breakouts in this area, as well as encourage overall excellent health.

One  of the most common and effective remedies to treat acne is birth control. According to Melissa Kanchanapoomi Levin, MD, a NYC-based dermatologist, “when women’s hormone levels shift from a more female profile (for example, with estrogen and progesterone) to a more male profile (for example, testosterone) during our cycles, this has an effect on oil production and acne.” When the hormone profile is more male dominant, the sebum glands (which make oil) become more active, causing acne to flare. Taking the pill can balance these hormones and decrease the amount of testosterone in the body – giving you clearer skin!

Every woman’s body is different, and we want to help find what works best for you! If you struggle with hormonal acne, schedule a free consultation with one of PRJKT RUBY‘s U.S. licensed physicians  today to see if the pill is right for you.  

 

Celebrating Mothers


May 11, 2018

You got it from your mama, after all! Not only are moms the reason for our existence, but they’ve lost countless nights of sleep and endured more than their share of stress-induced headaches all because of us. Yet, they’ve still somehow managed to love unconditionally – nursing us back to health when flu season hits, offering exceptional advice (that was likely ignored) and guided us through the painfully awkward stages of life. To put it simply, we are who we are because of them.

Motherhood is a beautiful thing, but also one of the toughest jobs out there. One day of recognition just doesn’t cut it. Show your mom how much you care about her and all women this Mother’s Day. Here are some of our favorite ways to say thank you to our one-and-only:

    • Make it a date — Plan out a specific time each week to go on a walk or grab coffee with your mom! She’ll be happy that you want to spend one-on-one time with her, and grabbing fresh air is the best way to unwind during a stressful week.
    • Cook together — She did feed you for all these years! Cook a healthy meal with your mom for a fun mother-daughter night. Learn how to make healthy cooking fun and delicious so you can enjoy each other’s company (and wellness) together.  
    • Fight for your right to Women’s Healthcare — Because you both deserve it. You will both reap the benefits of this fight, and she’ll be proud to see that you’re standing up for what you believe in. Attend a Women’s March or local rally together to learn more about what you can each do to stand up for all of the women in your life! Plus, you can read more about our TakeCare, GiveCare program to see what PRJKT RUBY is doing for women around the world and how you can both be a part of the movement.  
    • Have an open dialogue — Birth control can be an awkward subject, but having an open dialogue will benefit your health and show your mom that you trust her enough to have the conversation! PRJKT RUBY is about empowering women of all ages and making sure that they have access to the birth control and healthcare that they need. Learn more about PRJKT RUBY together here: https://www.prjktruby.com/about/mission/

 

 

Don’t forget to show your MOM all of your love this Mother’s Day! And to all the Mom’s out there — thank you for doing what you do everyday.

Take Control of Your Body: World Health Day


April 7, 2018

PRJKT RUBY’s mission is to make birth control available to women around the world in a way that’s both easy and affordable. Hundreds of thousands of women around the world lack access to oral contraceptives and family planning services. Today, we celebrate World Health Day, a global day of recognition for the World Health Organization’s work towards ensuring that people around the world have access to healthcare coverage.

According to the World Health Organization:

  • Half the world lacks access to essential health services
  • Skyrocketing health costs worldwide have pushed 100 million people into poverty
  • Over 800 million people spend at least 10% of their household budgets to pay for healthcare services

This year’s theme, on the special 70th anniversary, is Universal Health Coverage: Everyone, Everywhere. We couldn’t be more onboard.

According to WHO, the organization was “founded on the principle that all people should be able to realize their right to the highest possible level of health.” PRJKT RUBY’s stance, though dedicated to oral contraceptives and family health planning services, is playing an important role in this global mission. Our TakeCare, GiveCare movement continues to inspire universal access to birth control and related services by donating 25 cents for every month of birth control sold to PSI, a nonprofit global health organization. These funds are being used to support access to contraception for women in the developing world, where more than half of all reproductive-age women want to avoid a pregnancy, but most don’t have access to effective methods of birth control.

So how can you get involved? The WHO suggests communicating with your local stakeholders, engaging with organizations in your community, creating noise via social media, and starting a conversation with those who may not be aware of the worldwide issues at stake. You can also help change lives by joining us in our global fight to make contraceptives readily accessible to women around the world. Be loud and be proud this World Health Day.

Learn more about the World Health Organization here.

All You Need Is Love


February 7, 2018

 

There is so much love to give this Valentine’s Day, whether you’re in a relationship or not.

This year, try skipping the roses, cards and chocolates (okay, maybe we’ll take the chocolates) and play your part in spreading the love to women around the world who don’t have access to the services they need, like effective contraception and family planning. At PRJKT RUBY, we show our love by bringing these affordable services to women in our own backyard and beyond.

In developing countries, more than half of all women of reproductive age want to avoid a pregnancy but only about 25% of those women are using effective protection. That’s why we launched the PRJKT RUBY TakeCare, Give Care campaign – a way for you to spread your love overseas to regions in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Every month that you purchase your birth control through PRJKT RUBY, we will continue to donate 25 cents to support accessible contraceptives and counseling to women in the developing world.

Plus, when you order through PRJKT RUBY, our U.S. licensed physicians will help you find the birth control that’s right for you a match made in heaven that will leave you feeling confident and safe this Valentine’s Day.  

This year, join us in celebrating kindness, self-love, and care for all women. Everyone deserves a Valentine treat, so make a difference and share the L-O-V-E!

When in Doubt, Ask for Angela


January 24, 2018

 

Online dating has become a conventional part of society in the last few years. Unfortunately, meeting up with your potential match can be awkward, intimidating, and sometimes even scary. Though many dates go off without a hitch, women can feel unsafe and trapped in uncomfortable situations, even while in a public place. In light of this issue, local businesses have joined in on a global campaign known as “Ask For Angela”, a way to help young women who are on an uncomfortable date ask for help discreetly.

So how does it work? Bars, coffee shops, and restaurants, such as this one in Winnipeg, keep a sign in their bathrooms letting women know that if they’re in an uncomfortable or unsafe situation, to ask a staff member for “Angela”. This will alert employees to help her get out of the restaurant, either by calling a taxi or law enforcement if needed.

Many bars have joined the movement, which was launched in Britain in 2016, by having women order an “Angel Shot”, alerting the bartender to either escort her out or call a means of transportation for them to get home safely. The idea has even been adopted by Hooters, and has been backed by many local police departments in participating areas.

If you find yourself in an unsafe or scary situation, ask for help. Planning on meeting up with a guy this weekend? Let a friend know your plans and avoid drinking if possible. Stand up for the women in your life and in your communities — together, we can make the world a safer place for all of us.

New Year, Same You


January 10, 2018

 

We’ve all seen it happen. The “New Year, New Me” posts splattered across social media, the resolution lists of novel length that somehow get misplaced within the first few weeks of January, and that feeling that this will be the year it all comes together — and then it doesn’t.

The New Year is a great chance for one to step back and reevaluate life from all angles – health, career, relationships, and overall happiness. For many, 12:01 AM on January 1st is the first page of a brand new notebook and a starting point for change in the coming year. But here’s a plot twist: you may not need to do that. You are already incredible, and it’s okay to be the same you in 2018!

Don’t give in to what others are writing down as their goals for the year, or to societal pressures telling you that you’re in need of a change. If you’re happy, do YOU! Just because people you know may have plans to change their habits or lifestyle, know that you’re not obligated to follow suit. So try ditching the New Year, New Me motto, and continue being the confident woman that you are!

If you do see room for self-improvement this year, that’s great! Just remember: don’t change for anyone else but yourself. If you’re looking for new ways to better yourself, avoid giving up tangible things, but rather try adding in elements to your daily life such as meditation, physical movement, or volunteering.  These small, but important steps may be just what you’re looking for.

As you look ahead, continue to love yourself, love others, and do good. After all, why would anyone want to change that? Now let’s show 2018 what we got.

A Look Back…


December 20, 2017

You made it! As 2017 comes to a close, we’re reflecting back on all of life’s precious gifts and experiences we’ve received this year — love, good health, empowerment, friendship, hard lessons, and the little things that bring us the most happiness.

We are all about women empowering women, and we saw so much of that in 2017! From the Women’s March in January celebrated worldwide, to the ongoing fight for gender pay equality and women’s reproductive rights, to the strength of women standing up for themselves and advocating against sexual assault and harassment, this year was all about the power and strength of the woman.

It was also a year of doing good. We, and so many others, have played a part in spreading good and positivity to our sisters around the world. Our TakeCare, GiveCare campaign has helped women in developing countries get access to the birth control and family planning services that they need. By trusting PRJKT RUBY with your contraceptive needs, we are able to do so much good far beyond our borders.

So as we look back on 2017, we are incredibly proud to see all the work we have done and can’t wait to continue to grow in the years to come. As you start scribbling down your list of New Year’s Resolutions such as getting into shape, saving up money, or cutting out sweets (ugh!), we challenge you to add in a concrete way to empower women in 2018. This can be as simple as donating to a cause like our TakeCare, GiveCare campaign, volunteering your time at a local clinic, or speaking up for those whose voices may not be as loud as yours.

Looking towards 2018, we hope that you will continue to support PRJKT RUBY and our role in making women’s lives easier, happier and healthier. We couldn’t be more excited for what’s to come.

Celebrate life, new beginnings, and YOU this year!