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Completely free, the 5 week training enables you to become an experienced writer who can raise issues related to Menstrual Hygiene Management and SRHR. It is an extension of the existing award winning writer’s training program that focuses on MHM as a part of our #PeriodPaath campaign. With this campaign we aim to help young people like you to go beyond the conversations on stigma to directly address the problems associated with it.

Youth Ki Awaaz’s vast platform provides you with an opportunity to be at the forefront of creating dialogue on issues that matter on one of India’s largest citizen-journalism websites. Since 2010, Youth Ki Awaaz’s award-winning, work-from-home online journalism training program has coached over 2,500 participants, and has become one of the most coveted training in the country.

Selection criteria: 

Have a computer

Have a working internet connection

Be passionate about writing and research

Be driven about MHM and its intersections

Be willing to allocate at least 12 hours per week

Meet The Current Batch

Ansh Sharma

Ansh is currently a High School Senior aspiring to study law and politics. He is especially interested in issues concerning gender and sexuality and hopes to create awareness about the same.

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Devyani Rabindranath

Devyani is a student of literature who believes that words have the power to change the world. She hopes that someday soon, we will attain a world of intersectional menstrual equality that extends beyond just cis-gendered upper-class women.

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Gunjan Khadria

Gunjan believes you must be the change you wish to see in the world. She is a Gandhi Fellow who holds a postgraduate degree in nutrition and is inclined towards driving impact at the grassroot level in public health and education.

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Kashvi Chandok

Kashvi is a literature student from Delhi. She has always been a spokesperson for human rights and believes that everyone deserves adequate support to practice safe menstrual health management.

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Meharmeet Kaur

Meharmeet is a doctoral scholar at Department of Psychology, University of Delhi. She is working in the area of women’s mental health and has published and presented papers on the same, and other areas such as art therapy, mental health of transgender people in India. She aims to expand her knowledge and expertise in the areas of gender, sexual desire and sexuality, and women's mental health.

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Okoth Paul Okoth

Okoth is a Public Health student passionate about environmental and ecosystem conservation. He has held various leadership positions including the County Rep of International Youth Alliance for Family Planning, Regional Ambassador of Tunza Eco-Generation and a local coordinator for African Students for Liberty (ASFL). He spends a lot of his active time writing on environmental issues.

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Rupsa Nag

Based in Kolkata, Rupsa completed her M.A. in Comparative Literature from Jadavpur University. She describes herself as a perpetually curious learner and is engaged in writing, performing arts, translation, and photography.

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Seher Bhalla

Seher is a law student, with a sense of curiosity about everything. As someone who believes in a better world, she strives to put her pen to use and contribute towards the same by voicing her ideas.

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Shabnam Sheikh

Shabnam is a first year law student at the National law University, Nagpur. She is passionate about gender equality and women empowerment. She wishes to advocate and work for the rights of the marginalized communities.

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Sharanya

Sharanya is currently working with PRADAN and completed her masters from Department of Social Work (University of Delhi). She believes discussion and dialogues can bring significant change and each one needs to stand against injustice in this world. She is passionate about documenting voices, issues, problems and concerns from the grassroots. She is putting an effort to break toxic structure through engaging with people through writing.

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Vivek Verma

विवेक या तर्क से परे कोई बात स्वीकार्य नहीं है। बहुत सरल हूँ, बहुत तरल हूँ। लिखना मेरा पैशन है। माहवारी के क्षेत्र में चुप्पी तोड़कर समस्याओ को ख़त्म कर इससे पीड़ित लोगों की खुशियों का हिस्सा बनना चाहता हूँ।

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Wasiq Agha

Currently working with Publicis Media, Wasiq is an aspiring journalist, who believes dialogue and debate has the potential to solve everything. He aims to amplify societal issues and the problems being faced by our country via his writings.

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An ambassador and trained facilitator under Eco Femme (a social enterprise working towards menstrual health in south India), Sanjina is also an active member of the MHM Collective- India and Menstrual Health Alliance- India. She has conducted Menstrual Health sessions in multiple government schools adopted by Rotary District 3240 as part of their WinS project in rural Bengal. She has also delivered training of trainers on SRHR, gender, sexuality and Menstruation for Tomorrow’s Foundation, Vikramshila Education Resource Society, Nirdhan trust and Micro Finance, Tollygunj Women In Need, Paint It Red in Kolkata.

Now as an MH Fellow with YKA, she’s expanding her impressive scope of work further by launching a campaign to facilitate the process of ensuring better menstrual health and SRH services for women residing in correctional homes in West Bengal. The campaign will entail an independent study to take stalk of the present conditions of MHM in correctional homes across the state and use its findings to build public support and political will to take the necessary action.

Saurabh has been associated with YKA as a user and has consistently been writing on the issue MHM and its intersectionality with other issues in the society. Now as an MHM Fellow with YKA, he’s launched the Right to Period campaign, which aims to ensure proper execution of MHM guidelines in Delhi’s schools.

The long-term aim of the campaign is to develop an open culture where menstruation is not treated as a taboo. The campaign also seeks to hold the schools accountable for their responsibilities as an important component in the implementation of MHM policies by making adequate sanitation infrastructure and knowledge of MHM available in school premises.

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Harshita is a psychologist and works to support people with mental health issues, particularly adolescents who are survivors of violence. Associated with the Azadi Foundation in UP, Harshita became an MHM Fellow with YKA, with the aim of promoting better menstrual health.

Her campaign #MeriMarzi aims to promote menstrual health and wellness, hygiene and facilities for female sex workers in UP. She says, “Knowledge about natural body processes is a very basic human right. And for individuals whose occupation is providing sexual services, it becomes even more important.”

Meri Marzi aims to ensure sensitised, non-discriminatory health workers for the needs of female sex workers in the Suraksha Clinics under the UPSACS (Uttar Pradesh State AIDS Control Society) program by creating more dialogues and garnering public support for the cause of sex workers’ menstrual rights. The campaign will also ensure interventions with sex workers to clear misconceptions around overall hygiene management to ensure that results flow both ways.

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MH Fellow Sabna comes with significant experience working with a range of development issues. A co-founder of Project Sakhi Saheli, which aims to combat period poverty and break menstrual taboos, Sabna has, in the past, worked on the issue of menstruation in urban slums of Delhi with women and adolescent girls. She and her team also released MenstraBook, with menstrastories and organised Menstra Tlk in the Delhi School of Social Work to create more conversations on menstruation.

With YKA MHM Fellow Vineet, Sabna launched Menstratalk, a campaign that aims to put an end to period poverty and smash menstrual taboos in society. As a start, the campaign aims to begin conversations on menstrual health with five hundred adolescents and youth in Delhi through offline platforms, and through this community mobilise support to create Period Friendly Institutions out of educational institutes in the city.

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A student from Delhi School of Social work, Vineet is a part of Project Sakhi Saheli, an initiative by the students of Delhi school of Social Work to create awareness on Menstrual Health and combat Period Poverty. Along with MHM Action Fellow Sabna, Vineet launched Menstratalk, a campaign that aims to put an end to period poverty and smash menstrual taboos in society.

As a start, the campaign aims to begin conversations on menstrual health with five hundred adolescents and youth in Delhi through offline platforms, and through this community mobilise support to create Period Friendly Institutions out of educational institutes in the city.

Find out more about the campaign here.

A native of Bhagalpur district – Bihar, Shalini Jha believes in equal rights for all genders and wants to work for a gender-equal and just society. In the past she’s had a year-long association as a community leader with Haiyya: Organise for Action’s Health Over Stigma campaign. She’s pursuing a Master’s in Literature with Ambedkar University, Delhi and as an MHM Fellow with YKA, recently launched ‘Project अल्हड़ (Alharh)’.

She says, “Bihar is ranked the lowest in India’s SDG Index 2019 for India. Hygienic and comfortable menstruation is a basic human right and sustainable development cannot be ensured if menstruators are deprived of their basic rights.” Project अल्हड़ (Alharh) aims to create a robust sensitised community in Bhagalpur to collectively spread awareness, break the taboo, debunk myths and initiate fearless conversations around menstruation. The campaign aims to reach at least 6000 adolescent girls from government and private schools in Baghalpur district in 2020.

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A psychologist and co-founder of a mental health NGO called Customize Cognition, Ritika forayed into the space of menstrual health and hygiene, sexual and reproductive healthcare and rights and gender equality as an MHM Fellow with YKA. She says, “The experience of working on MHM/SRHR and gender equality has been an enriching and eye-opening experience. I have learned what’s beneath the surface of the issue, be it awareness, lack of resources or disregard for trans men, who also menstruate.”

The Transmen-ses campaign aims to tackle the issue of silence and disregard for trans men’s menstruation needs, by mobilising gender sensitive health professionals and gender neutral restrooms in Lucknow.

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A Computer Science engineer by education, Nitisha started her career in the corporate sector, before realising she wanted to work in the development and social justice space. Since then, she has worked with Teach For India and Care India and is from the founding batch of Indian School of Development Management (ISDM), a one of its kind organisation creating leaders for the development sector through its experiential learning post graduate program.

As a Youth Ki Awaaz Menstrual Health Fellow, Nitisha has started Let’s Talk Period, a campaign to mobilise young people to switch to sustainable period products. She says, “80 lakh women in Delhi use non-biodegradable sanitary products, generate 3000 tonnes of menstrual waste, that takes 500-800 years to decompose; which in turn contributes to the health issues of all menstruators, increased burden of waste management on the city and harmful living environment for all citizens.

Let’s Talk Period aims to change this by

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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.

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