From London to Singapore, Sabrina and Priyanka have created Girlsplained ™, a new women’s health community using film to explore and celebrate women’s health. Poppy Bullen from the International Communications Team at Restless Development caught up with the girls as part of our International Women’s Day series celebrating Restless Women.
Who are Girlsplained and where are you from?
Girlsplained ™ are a group of brilliant women, from all over the world who have come
together to build a space to discuss stigma free health for women through film
and digital media. I’m originally from London but our team works across the UK,
Singapore, Liberia, Canada and the States.
Sabrina and Priyanka – Cofounders of Girlsplained, at the Restless Development training in South Africa
How did you guys meet?
Priyanka: Most of the team met
whilst studying for our masters at LSHTM (London School of Hygiene and Tropical
Medicine) and some of us met through Instagram. Sabs and myself instantly hit
it off when we first met and share a love for the empowerment of girls and
women, film and filmmaking.
So, what exactly is Girlsplained?
Sabrina: Girlsplained ™ is an online community
platform, exploring and discussing health issues which affect women all over
the world, but specifically through film. You can follow us on Instagram
@girlsplained. Our website will be up and running soon as well at www.girlsplained.org. Our website is slated to be a one-stop resource for all
things associated with personal identity, sex and sexuality for young women
Where did the idea behind Girlsplained come from? How did it all start?
Priyanka: Girlsplained ™ first began as an idea to create a web series that would entertain and educate on sexual health issues for young black and brown girls in the UK. Sabs and myself used to speak on the dual identities (at home and outside of the home) many young girls of colour have had to have and how difficult that is to negotiate especially with regards to sexual health. When we learnt in school about how many women had no idea about their HIV risk or PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) even in the UK, we thought it would be interesting to use our public health knowledge to create something entertaining around sexual health in general.
When MTV Staying Alive Foundation believed in our vision too and funded us for our first project, we were on our way. Thanks to their support and the encouragement from our community partners on the ground, what was supposed to only be a web series has now evolved to become a platform for young women to engage with content pertaining to identity, sex and sexuality.
Why is it important to shine a spotlight on women’s health?
Priyanka: We strongly believe
that healthy women make for healthy families. A woman’s sexual health is
imperative to her wellbeing and we envision women defining themselves in their
communities by taking control of their sexual health.
What is your first project with Girlsplained and why do you feel this is important?
Sabrina: Our first project is
in partnership with MTV Staying Alive Foundation and we’re working on creating
a three-part film which looks at the lives of young black and brown girls
living in London, who are exploring their sexuality and learning all about the
world of sexual health. In particular we’re focusing on STI/HIV risk and PEP
(post-exposure prophylaxis) PrEP(pre-exposure prophylaxis) which not many young
girls are aware of. We don’t want to give too much away, you’ll have to wait
for our premiere due in the summer.
What are your hopes for the future of Girlsplained?
Priyanka: They’re endless but
we really want to be able to take this to other countries and create something
which is fun, exciting but also helpful for girls and women. Every girl or
woman who comes into contact with our brand and content should leave feeling
more powerful and confident about themselves.