Endo Warriors Aotearoa is a charitable organization that aims to raise awareness and provide education about endometriosis and menstruation. Our goal is to improve the support and medical care available for those affected by Endometriosis (Endo) and to combat period poverty in our community. We provide free period products to those in need and offer period education in schools. We support individuals of all genders who have Endometriosis or menstruate, and our dedicated team is committed to advocating for a better future for those affected by these issues. We empower individuals, their workplaces, and their whānau by providing menstrual health & Endometriosis (Endo) resources and education. Through donations (both physical and financial), we source items for our surgery care boxes and provide support and resources for individuals and whānau. We also act as a voice for the endometriosis community, advocating for better medical care and support from the medical system. Our donations go directly to our local community partners and individuals in need.
"It was on this page that I first became aware of the symptoms I was Living with most of my life, I had no idea what endometriosis was until I saw the creator of this page share on her personal page about her Endometriosis Journey so I decided to check the page out, A few months later I was rushed to Hospital and was diagnosed with Mild Endometriosis, I am grateful to be part of this Amazing Support Group, This page has made me more aware of my illness and has given me the knowledge and tools to use when dealing with my Gp or Gaenocologist even trying to explain to my Family and Friends what Endometriosis Is, I feel empowered and Don't feel im on this Journey alone, I am so grateful for Endo Warriors Aotearoa"
"I just wanted to message and say thank you for everything you do. I struggled with endo for years and I wish I had something like this page while I was going through it all. I felt so alone and like no one was experiencing the pain that I was, so I am so glad that others have this page. please let me know if I can help in any way, I would be honoured to support such an amazing person ❤"
"Hey Jess! Just wanted to send you a quick story. So earlier this year you put a post on your story about a message from a 17-year-old called Charlotte, I saw that post and messaged her offering my support. We then became friends and this weekend she came up to Wellington and we went to my year 13 ball together "
Our Mission Statement
Endo Warriors Aotearoa is a registered charity in Aotearoa that aims to support and empower individuals living with endometriosis and fight period poverty in their community. Our mission is to provide education, support, and advocacy to individuals and families affected by endometriosis, and to promote greater access to healthcare, information, and resources for those living with this condition. We also strive to raise awareness of period poverty and its impact on individuals and families in our community and to provide support and resources to address this issue.
We believe that everyone has the right to access accurate information, resources, and support to manage their endometriosis effectively and to manage their menstrual health with dignity. Our goal is to create a community of support and understanding for individuals and families affected by endometriosis and period poverty and to promote greater research and understanding of endometriosis in New Zealand.
To achieve our mission, we work to provide support services, including peer support, information resources, and online communities, to help individuals manage the challenges of living with endometriosis and period poverty. We also advocate for improved access to healthcare and support services, as well as greater awareness and understanding of endometriosis and period poverty among the wider community. We recognize that endometriosis and period poverty can have a significant impact on the physical, emotional, and social well-being of those affected. Therefore, we are committed to promoting greater research into the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of endometriosis, as well as advocating for improved access to healthcare and support services for those living with these conditions.
Through our programs and initiatives, we aim to empower individuals with endometriosis and those affected by period poverty to take control of their health and well-being and to build a community of support and understanding for those affected by these issues. We believe that by working together, we can create a world where endometriosis and period poverty are well understood, and where those living with these conditions have the resources and support they need to lead healthy, fulfilling lives.
OUR VISION & GOALS
Our organization, Endo Warriors Aotearoa, is dedicated to achieving the following goals:
Raising awareness about Mate kirikōpū/Endometriosis and period poverty in our community through educational workshops and resource provision to employers, families, and schools.
Advocating for a better health system for people with Endometriosis.
Fighting for those who struggle to afford period items in Aotearoa.
Supporting those with Mate kirikōpū/Endometriosis, helping them to know they are not alone, and empowering them to advocate for a better healthcare system.
Bringing more attention and funding to those with Mate kirikōpū/Endometriosis and improving their treatment.
Supporting members of the LGBTQIA2S+ community who experience gender dysphoria and body dysmorphia due to menstruation by providing them with period items that work for them, as well as providing these items to those who cannot afford them.
Reducing period inequity in the Greater Wellington Region by strategically placing free single-use and reusable period baskets in venues across our community. Our goal is to gift 10,000 people in our community with free reusable period items by mid-2023 while working with impact partners.
"I just wanted to message and say thank you for everything you do. I struggled with endo for years and I wish I had something like this page while I was going through it all. I felt so alone and like no one was experiencing the pain that I was, so I am so glad that others have this page. please let me know if I can help in any way, I would be honoured to support such an amazing person"
"Going through your page honestly made me feel better knowing that I’m not alone. Thank you "
"Hey, I just wanted to say thank you for this awesome page. I’ve had endo since 15 (24 now) and I’m having my second endo laparoscopy in September to get more endo removed 🥰 am very excited and it’s great to see people with incredibly similar situations to mine. Thank you for this space you all have created to make us feel less alone ❤️"
"Oh my! ❤️❤️❤️ My best mate tagged me in your post on vic deals and I am so happy to hear there is a support group! I have an Instagram page where I'm sharing my story and for future hopefully others as well to help others! This is amazing!
Love this "
"Thank you so much! I've been following your mahi for awhile and words just cant explain how lucky we are to have you helping all of us even with your own battles. You're amazing and truly one of a kind"
"Thanks to Instagram accounts like yours I would have not learnt about the ins and outs of endometriosis. Reading your guy's stuff and relating to it made me realise I might have
endo. Luckily I advocated for myself and now I'm just waiting for my lab results."
"Kia ora, I just wanted to say that you are doing an awesome job in helping the endo warriors out there. I was wondering if I could help in anyway, happy to donate, esp for lower income families. I am going through endo myself and understand the pain it comes with. Happy to help."
"Thank you ☺️ I appreciate all the love and support you’ve given me throughout my journey, and who knows, chances are my journey is only just beginning"
"Heya, I just wanted to message you and say thank you for all you advice and tips. Today Is D-day, I'm heading to the hospital for my surgery in an hour. I'm feeling nervous and anxious but I think I'd be a lot worse if it wasn't for your help and this page, so thank you"
"This page has been so amazing for my motivations and keeping me going so thanks for everything you do xx"
Learning and Openness: We foster a space for engagement and reflection, and continuously develop our competencies to improve our work. We acknowledge our missteps with humility and take responsibility for learning and evolving.
Boldness: We are innovative, creative, and courageous in our pursuit of making real and lasting change for those affected by endometriosis and period poverty.
Resilience: We understand that adversity can build us up and make us stronger. We draw strength and wisdom from our struggles and empower each other through caring and healing. We find moments to celebrate our successes, both big and small, even during the most challenging times.
Heart: We are driven by a strong sense of purpose and a passion for creating a better Aotearoa. Even in difficult moments, we find love and joy in unexpected places and understand the crucial role of hope in our work.
Respect: We value our shared humanity and treat each other with kindness and compassion. We recognize the equal dignity and worth of all people, even in the face of conflict.
Community and Teamwork: We understand the transformative power of collaboration. By working together, fostering open communication, promoting understanding, and building caring and supportive environments, we can achieve more than we could alone.
We hope to offer the following workshops in 2023 in Poneke/ Wellington & Online:
Pain management workshop for those with of those with Mate kirikōpū/Endometriosis.
Exercise and chronic pain workshop
Mindfulness-Based Self-care & Self-love Workshops
School/Work Education Workshop on how to support those that have Mate kirikōpū/Endometriosis, Adenomyosis, polycystic ovary syndrome.