There is enough literature on how menstruation is a taboo, and how that fact adversely affects women’s health in the country, but what has escaped our attention is how there are no policies in place to support this process. The Right to Menstrual Health Project was therefore launched to fill the gap in the policy arena as far as the subject of menstruation is concerned.
As a part of the project, we worked on extending effective Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) training and education alongside addressing the challenge of period poverty, to channelise college students in discussions surrounding MHM, thereby securing a gender inclusive approach towards the Right to Menstrual Health discourse in our country.
Research Advocacy through Articles and Reports:
- “Period” of Change: Acknowledging the Right to Menstrual Health
- Assessing the Menstrual Health of Tribal Adolescent Girls in Gujarat
- Managing Menstrual Health in India: An Overview
- A Study on the Sexual and Reproductive Well Being in India
- Measuring the Status of Sexual and Reproductive Health (SDG 3) in India
Capacity Building by enabling MHM Training and Education:
- Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) Workshops in collaboration with Teach For India in the Sangam Vihar Village in the South Delhi District.
- MHM awareness-cum-training session for girls of Class 6th at the Adalaj Village in Gandhinagar District of Gujarat.
- MHM awareness-cum-training session for girls of Class 7th at the Adalaj Village in Gandhinagar District of Gujarat.
- MHM awareness-cum-training session for girls of Classes 7th and 8th at the Adalaj Village in Gandhinagar District of Gujarat.
- Workshop on Menstrual Health Education and Training Session for the female students of Gujarat National Law University
- Workshop on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for Male and Female Students of Gujarat National Law University
- Sensitisation and Skill Training Workshop on MHM, for the male and female students of Gujarat National Law University
Democratic engagement with students and young professionals to effectively address the lack of sensitivity surrounding menstruation and to devise the much needed policies for addressing the challenges of Menstrual Health in India.
Donation Drive: The Period Buddy Project
A Crowdfunding Campaign was launched under The Period Buddy Project to reach out to the adolescent girls in underprivileged schools, and to raise awareness among the urban population about the prevalent policy gap.