Right to Menstrual Health in India: From an Outdated Period Drama to Actionable Rights & Policies

The lack of constructive community dialogue in place proves to be the paramount reason behind the barrier in ensuring menstrual health. Giving menstrual health the precedence of a medical concern may prove to be a more tactical approach to the problem. However, in order to do so there is a pressing need for a safe space to be created for it to be socially addressed. This social mobilization may occur through interpersonal communication put in order by schools and communities which help girls in accepting menstruation as a natural process. (more…)

The Right to Menstrual Health Project Session at Adalaj Village, Gujarat

We conducted our second session at the Government Girls’ School in Adalaj Village, Gujarat under The Right to Menstrual Health Project. The session entailed a workshop with the girls of 7th Standard, wherein apart from discussing the biological aspect of menstruation, they were also familiarised with the necessary nutrition and hygiene requirement during ones menstrual cycle. The session also focussed on conveying the importance of a healthy and regular period, while concurrently acknowledging, and dispelling myths and superstitions related to periods in rural India. (more…)

The Right to Menstrual Health Project Session at Adalaj Village, Gujarat

We conducted the first menstrual health management awareness-cum-training session at Adalaj Village in Gujarat, as a part of The Right to Menstrual Health Project, along with The Legal Services Committee (under the aegis of the Center for Law and Society) of the Gujarat National Law University. We engaged with the 6th grade students of the Government Girls’ School at the village. In addition to distributing sanitary pads to the class, the workshop focused on the point of menstrual health, hygiene, nutrition along with discussing the biological and psycho-social aspects related to menstruation. (more…)

Right to Menstrual Health Project: Learnings at a Teach For India Classroom

As part of our Right to Menstrual Health Project, we recently visited a TFI school in New Delhi’s Sangam Vihar area. Based on our conversations with the VII grade girls of the said Government Senior Secondary School, we realised that there exists a major gap in the knowledge dissemination process vis-a-vis the requisite learning standards in such classrooms, especially with respect to menstrual, sexual and reproductive health of adolescent girls. (more…)