December... the month of the magical holidays and the end of a crazy year. Even though so many things happened this year we are always looking on the bright side and try to share with you, lovely peeps, as many interesting facts about the amazing human body as we can find.
In the year 2020, Kohe Lele grew more than we could imagine. Kohe Lele is more than a team, it is a family. Therefore, we are happy to share with you our achievements, that wouldn’t have been possible without the support from our community.
Milestones of 2020
Presenting Kohe Lele on The International Women’s Day in the offices of WeWork in Amsterdam
We defined our mission and values thanks to our very own lovely business consultant, Lara
We launched our new branded website, cool, hip and fun, just like our graphic designer Heather, that revealed the identity of Kohe Lele
46 weekly meetings, where we made sure we were always on track with our development and fun
38 articles written based on scientific research, where we learned about our own bodies along with you lovely peeps
Bi-weekly Instagram and Facebook posts
3 appearances in online media
We launched our webshop, where a part of profits go to a foundation that helps women in need
We chose a foundation to donate a part of our profits to, Heels4Pads, an initiative from Sisters Speak in Kenya to fight against period poverty.
We launched our climaxBox, a surprise package that will re-educate you on pleasure, provoke new activities in bed and additionally will give you many new insights in the world of the (female) body
Weekly newsletter and a monthly reminder for Self Breast Examination
A constantly growing community of people all around the world that keeps the Kohe Lele fire burning. Thank you for your support, ideas to further improve and to be with us!
As the year is coming to an end we want for you, lovely peeps, to get to know us better. To learn about our motives and the reason we are Kohe Lele. Therefore, read our interview with Lea, Cami & Gioia.
Who are you?
L: I'm originally from Switzerland and now live in Ottawa, Canada. With 29 years under my belt, I work for a NGO that supports entrepreneurs and startups. I have the privilege to organize and facilitate workshops with the aim to equip and support them in achieving their business goals.
C: I am from Romania and currently live in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. I am a 27 year old pharmacist working in a pharmaceutical company, where I make sure the that medicine that goes to patients is safe. Next to that I am a mentor for pharmacy students.
G: Same as Lea, I am originally from Switzerland (Lea and I worked at the same student job, where we got to know each other). I work and live, same as Cami, in Amsterdam (Cami and I did the same Master’s, where we got to know each other). I am 27 years old and work in several startups and at the University of Amsterdam.
What is the weirdest discovery you made during your Kohe Lele journey?
L: Some myths, despite having been debunked, are still popular and people believe in them. An example would be the hymen being a sign for virginity, where people go as far as surgically reconstructing it before marriage.
C: That we are the ones that limit ourselves with misconceptions and taboos and that by having the courage to freely speak about them we empower other people to do the same.
G: How complex the menstrual cycle is! I was blown away about the influence of different hormones on your body (and mood 😅), how short the fertile window is and how contraceptives work (and why there is no male birth control yet!). Oh and of course, the shape of the clitoris, that was totally mind blowing.
What is your greatest learning?
L: That there are endless, amazing and beautiful things to learn about our own bodies.
C: That the human body can do so many amazing things, but it is up to us to take good care of it.
G: That teamwork is the ultimate way to spread the Kohe Lele spirit and create a change.
What is your personal goal for 2021?
L: Continue to have a positive impact on my community.
C: My goal for 2021 is to expand our community and keep providing information in a humorous and destigmatizing way.
G: Having fun in creating a positive change, daring to speak up and keep on bringing a smile and a fire of curiosity to everyone hearing or reading about our work.
Why is sharing all this educational knowledge important to you?
L: We tend to grow up with this distorted image of what sexuality is. Add lack or little knowledge thereof, and we have the perfect combination for insecurities, misconceptions and missing out on something that could be so empowering. Knowing your own body and discovering it is so important. Not only can we feel more connected to oneself but also be more understanding and accepting of others. So if Kohe Lele can help just one person to feel that way, then I feel accomplished.
C: Growing up, I didn’t have any sex education in school. The repercussion of this became more obvious in my adult life when talking with my friends and observing the things that were happening in my country (teen pregnancies, cervical cancer). And I realized that if not even me and my other doctor and pharmacist friends didn’t have enough information about our own bodies, let alone anybody else outside of healthcare. Having the knowledge about your own body gives you the power to choose what is best for you and your future.
G: Having problems with the vicious circle of yeast infections myself led my curiosity to learn more about the female body. After reading several books about the highly complex organ called vagina, I realized that there is so much more to discover! For example, did you know: “The ‘vagina’ is actually called Vulva”, “most women need clitoral stimulation in order to achieve their climax” or “there are more than 150 different HPV types and so far we ‘only’ have a vaccine for 9 types”? Well, I did not know. And this is wrong. Everyone should receive proper sex education and empowerment about their own body already while growing up.
A (c)LIT advice for 2021 to our community?
L & C & G: Keep your mind and heart open to your surroundings. Stay curious to try out something new! Never tried a sex toy? Maybe start with a bullet vibrator. Never read a book about the female body? Maybe start with ‘The Wonder Down Under’ (Brochmann, Dahl). Tired of routine sex practices? Try bodypainting with the “Love is Art'' kit. There is so much more to discover! And that peeps, is the beauty of it!
We are grateful for all of you lovely peeps, who support us and motivate us to keep spreading joy and knowledge.
Join us in 2021, as many more surprises are yet to come!