#PeriodPaath: #PForPeriods

Editor’s Note: This post is an entry for the #Periodपाठ writing contest, a unique opportunity for you to write a letter and stand a chance of winning up to ₹30,000! The contest is organised by Youth Ki Awaaz in collaboration with WSSCC. Find out more here and submit your entry!

To,

The Principal

Kasturba Gadhi Balika Vidyalaya

Sub: Creating awareness about Mensuration in school girls.

Respected Madam,

Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas started to provide quality education to tribal girls are among the best residential schools. As girls coming to these schools are from economically weaker section and remote tribal areas many of these girls do not have scientific knowledge about menstruation. Other than untouchability and restrictions to enter the kitchen and temples, many superstitions are found in tribal communities over menstruation like Kurmaghar- where girls are kept out of house for seven days and many more such evil practices are being followed even today. Periods is considered as curse of god and a religious thing. Because of these misconceptions after starting periods many girls are being dropped out from school, made to marry at early age.

Being of the first generation in the stream of education, your school girls be aware of the natural process of menstruation scientifically and must develop a scientific approach towards it. Then only they could be change makers in their society acting towards breaking the taboos and misconceptions. The purpose of education will not fulfill unless and until practical usage of their knowledge is not done.

You can run ‘P for Periods’ awareness campaign in your school, where scientific information about periods will be given to girls through series of lectures, short films, games and activities. To unlearn the traditional knowledge about MC and to learn scientific knowledge will be the motto of this campaign.

I kindly request you for the permission to run this awareness campaign in your school.. It’s a need of time for MEN to act on women issues, only then we can call ourself a human.

Hoping for a positive response.

Yours sincerely

Sachin Asha Subhash

Girls discussing after P for Period session in a rural school

Similar Posts

A former Assistant Secretary with the Ministry of Women and Child Development in West Bengal for three months, Lakshmi Bhavya has been championing the cause of menstrual hygiene in her district. By associating herself with the Lalana Campaign, a holistic menstrual hygiene awareness campaign which is conducted by the Anahat NGO, Lakshmi has been slowly breaking taboos when it comes to periods and menstrual hygiene.

A Gender Rights Activist working with the tribal and marginalized communities in india, Srilekha is a PhD scholar working on understanding body and sexuality among tribal girls, to fill the gaps in research around indigenous women and their stories. Srilekha has worked extensively at the grassroots level with community based organisations, through several advocacy initiatives around Gender, Mental Health, Menstrual Hygiene and Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) for the indigenous in Jharkhand, over the last 6 years.

Srilekha has also contributed to sustainable livelihood projects and legal aid programs for survivors of sex trafficking. She has been conducting research based programs on maternal health, mental health, gender based violence, sex and sexuality. Her interest lies in conducting workshops for young people on life skills, feminism, gender and sexuality, trauma, resilience and interpersonal relationships.

A Guwahati-based college student pursuing her Masters in Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Bidisha started the #BleedwithDignity campaign on the technology platform Change.org, demanding that the Government of Assam install
biodegradable sanitary pad vending machines in all government schools across the state. Her petition on Change.org has already gathered support from over 90000 people and continues to grow.

Bidisha was selected in Change.org’s flagship program ‘She Creates Change’ having run successful online advocacy
campaigns, which were widely recognised. Through the #BleedwithDignity campaign; she organised and celebrated World Menstrual Hygiene Day, 2019 in Guwahati, Assam by hosting a wall mural by collaborating with local organisations. The initiative was widely covered by national and local media, and the mural was later inaugurated by the event’s chief guest Commissioner of Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) Debeswar Malakar, IAS.

Sign up for the Youth Ki Awaaz Prime Ministerial Brief below