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The past few years have been instrumental in bringing awareness around menstruation and removing the taboo that most girls and women grow up to face. But we also need to ensure that the society does not propel the taboo and the positivity around the topic grows with equal strength.

In an effort to further foster ‘Period Positivity’, NGO Sachhi Saheli is organising a celebration laden festival on the Indian National Menstrual Health Awareness Day i.e 5th February. The event, which is in collaboration with the Delhi Government, is called Period Fest’19 & Pad Yatra and will be held on Tuesday at Central Park in Rajiv Chowk (Connaught Place), New Delhi. It will see Dy. Chief Minister, Manish Sisodia and Delhi Commission of Women Chief Swati Maliwal as its chief guests.

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Its main aim is to provide knowledge about women’s health, adolescent and sexual health and periods while also shattering the myths that surround menstruation. This fest, in its second edition, will be divided into various zones. The zones include: Pad Zone, Health Zone, Adolescent Health Zone, Artist Zone & Fun Zone.

There is a need for constant dialogue around menstruation and menstrual hygiene in the country to drive the myths and misconceptions around this natural feminine process completely out of the periphery of our society.

The Fest will also host students from Delhi Government schools, NDMC schools and private schools who will sensitise the crowd with their performances.

After the fest, there will be a march called ‘Pad’ Yatra, around the inner circle in Connaught Place area of the capital. It will aim to bring together people from all walks of life who will march together in order to break the silence around the natural physiological process of menstruation.

There is a need for constant dialogue around menstruation and menstrual hygiene in the country to drive the myths and misconceptions around this natural feminine process completely out of the periphery of our society. While the conversation has begun, let’s bring out more innovative ways to educate all genders across rural and urban settings around women’s health.

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