The need to shift from the menstrual ‘hygiene’ narrative to the larger ambit of holistic menstrual ‘health’ is pressing. In a time when medical gaslighting is rampant and medicines are prescribed with little to no information on side effects, it is critical to understand the symptoms and ramifications of various menstrual disorders. And this is just the place to begin!
Our widest-reaching workshop model is driven towards building menstrual life skills in a particular community of menstruators (students, for instance) and/or building capacities among allied stakeholders (parents, teachers, school administration) through a Caregivers Module to build adequate support and infrastructure systems for said community.
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
2. SOCIO-CULTURAL DIGITAL ADVOCACY