Menstrual Exclusion largely refers to those practices that restrict, inhibit, discriminate and render limited menstruators’ agency to participate in everyday life.  As acknowledged by a group of United Nations Human Rights Experts, this could potentially have consequences that range from mild to severe psycho-social distress and trauma to forms of violations that manifest differently in spaces of home, places of worship, schools, workplaces, etc. 

As part of a campaign to #StopPeriodPenalty in India, we aim to establish impactful interventions and redressal mechanisms against instances of menstrual discrimination and exclusion in India. This objective is followed through by a two-pronged approach of (1) Legal Advocacy and (2)Socio-Cultural Advocacy. The foundation for both is in the ongoing process of building a repository of lived realities of menstrual exclusion and discrimination, an open source confidential database in various spheres of a menstruator’s life. 


1. LEGAL ADVOCACY  

  1. Developing a legal and sociocultural analysis of the experiences to challenge, subvert, negotiate, dialogue personal/bystander engagements on menstrual exclusion/discrimination based on the analysis of the repository  
  2. Building a legal literacy toolkit of a menstruator’s rights based on what is already enshrined within the Constitution of India and other legislative tools that will give agency, voice and rights-based tools to individually and institutionally challenge, assert and demand their rights 
  3. Challenging the legal challenges in the face of menstrual exclusion/discrimination by filing a PIL (Public Interest Litigation) in the High Court of Karnataka. We invite collaborations for the same from legal counsel and please write to us at bharti@boondh.co 


2. SOCIO-CULTURAL DIGITAL ADVOCACY  

  1.  Highlight and advocate the pervasiveness of menstrual exclusion and discrimination by promoting the repository 
  2. Create and deploy strategic digital audiovisual content that will focus on the above repository.                 


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