When my mother or sister goes through her periods, why am I allowed to ignore their discomfort? And why it does not happen vice-versa? Even a minute injury to a male in the family affects them.
Her venture has reached out to around 40,000 women and girls through community awareness programmes.
A natural biological process that indicates that a woman is of reproductive age is degraded as an impurity. She, who is called the life-giver, is cast out by society.
This Menstrual Hygiene Day minister of women and child development calls for educating both the genders about menstruation and that it is nothing to be ashamed of.
My dad has been extremely supportive when it comes to my periods, among many other things. He was there for my first period and many after that. I do not have to think twice before talking about the throbbing pains or the edgy behaviour my hormones make me go through.
Overall, the concept of menstrual leaves comes with a lot of ifs and buts. In India, where menstruation has long been a taboo, many women still don’t talk openly on the topic. Therefore, menstrual leaves might either force them to disclose their period dates, or they won’t be able to avail the benefit
The bold writings and illustrations on the Magazine named ‘Ura Marachathu’ or ‘Shrouded in Rubber’ including a banana half-covered in a condom did not go down well with both BJP and Congress’ student wings – ABVP and Kerala Students’ Union (KSU) respectively.
“We did this feast to break the stigma around periods and that women can do anything they want even when they are on their periods. If we won’t work” says cook of Period Feast.
It is important to sensitise society about menstrual health and encourage more and more women to speak about their menstrual problems and seek health services without hesitation.
Muhamma, a gram panchayat in Alappuzha district in Kerala aims to switch to eco-friendly menstrual products. To reduce waste generation, the panchayat decided to encourage women to cut down on the usage of synthetic sanitary pads. Instead, the village aims to make the change to cloth pads and menstrual cups.
The keynote discussion where the panellists delved deep into the period politics, pad v/s cloth and the big corporates v/s smaller organizations debates that caught the attention of the audience.
The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has also been authorized to install around 500 sanitary pad dispensers and incinerators for the women personnel.