Sunday, November 18The Voice of London

Why become a #MoSista this Movember?

Mo Sistas is a way for women to participate in the Movember Movement this month.

“I usually pluck it or I wax it. When I was younger, it was very lush – I had a passionate moustache – but it’s kind of moved to under my chin now so we’ll just see what we get.”

The Loose’s Women panellist Nadia Sawalha told her co-panellists on growing her stache this Movember. Sawalha is ditching her wax to show support for her husband who is growing his beard for the movement.

Movember began in 2004 in Melbourne, Australia when a bunch of friends decided to grow their moustache and commit to 30 hairy days to raise awareness for prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men’s mental health. It has since become a global men’s health movement.

During November people partake to raise money, host discussions and make difference in the way people think about health and masculinity. According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, a man is 35% more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than a woman is to be diagnosed with breast cancer.

And that is why both, men and women should support Movember. In the past, it’s been primarily men championing the movement but It does not have to be – ready, set, grow and become a #MoSista.

While women can’t style a sexy moustache, they can join the movement and make a difference. Disease has no friend. It comes after everyone.

So now, women can take their place in this fundraising, take part in the discussion and make a difference together with their fathers, brothers, sons and friends. Ditching the wax this month is one way but anything you can to raise awareness for these illnesses has an overall positive impact on society as a whole.

Share your support using #MoSista 

 

Photo credit: Noura Abou Zeinab

Words by Noura Abou Zeinab |  Subbing by Memuna Konteh

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