Ride To End Isolation Of Menstruating Girls And Women

Urmila Chanam
Posted May 18, 2019 from India
Men Take Lead Ride 2019
Men Take Lead Ride 2019 will take place on 26 May 2019 at 8 AM at Townhall, Bangalore and will cover a 40 KM distance signifying the 40 years a woman menstruates. India
I know we will create history this 26th May 2019
I know we will create history this 26th May 2019 (1/2)

The world over, International Menstrual Hygiene Day is being celebrated to bring attention to this aspect of women and girls' health and empowerment. Breaking the Silence Worldwide Foundation since 2014 has been working from the frontlines in the grassroot level in India and other countries to change the mindset of people at every level that considers menstruation as dirty and polluting. This 26th May 2019 Breaking the Silence, India Bull Riders and Radio Active CR 90.4 MHz a community radio station will ride to end isolation of menstruating girls and women that is rampant in our homes and society in two cities in India- Bengaluru and Kolkatta! Men Take Lead Ride 2019 is not just a bike ride but a social movement. During periods, pushing girls and women away from the kitchen and food items. During periods, pushing girls and women to sleep in different rooms, outside the house, in the barn where cattle are kept, in isolated huts away from main household. During periods, making girls and women not interact with others or touch them. During periods, girls and women are not considered 'pure' to be engaged in any worship and spiritual activity. This part of our human rights is the most profound and the whole Sabrimala incident is centered around this. These social evils that isolate girls and women in menstruation take away their dignity and self respect besides affecting their safety, life and aspirations. On 26th May 2019 Sunday 8 AM ride with us to call for change in our society. Together, we can.

Calling in for support from my sisters

Men Take Lead Ride 2019 Event Page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/352802202009516/

#MenTakeLeadRide2019 is a Menstrual Hygiene Day international event now which means its featured on MH Day global page as one of the best events happening on that day in the world. We will also feature on the global MH Day newsletter.The MH Day Secretariat is owned and hosted by WASH United based in Berlin.

You can see our event brushing shoulders with other innovative events in different parts of the world here :

https://menstrualhygieneday.org/…/…/men-take-lead-ride-2019/

Men Take Lead Ride 2019 was on the  New Indian Express today 21 May 2019 a national newspaper in India

Contact:

Urmila Chanam, Founder & Director, Breaking the Silence Worldwide Foundation E mail: urmila.chanam@gmail.com

Nujo John, Program Director(Men Take Lead Ride), Breaking the Silence Worldwide Foundation E mail: nujojohn@gmail.com 

Our Website:

http://breakingthesilencereddroplets.com/

 

 

This story was submitted in response to Menstruation Matters.

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Lisbeth
May 18
May 18

Wow! It amazing these bull riders are riding to mark menstrual day! Splendid! They do make sure to ride red bull haha.
I also understood you, that hygiene wide the girls are made to sleep in separate rooms. This is also a lesson for us all menstrual girls and women to do our best to keep proper hygiene so we will not be spelling all over, drawing unnecessary attention to ourselves.
Thanks for sharing!

Urmila Chanam
May 18
May 18

Dear sister,
In India women and girls are isolated during menstruation not for the hygiene of other family or community members but because she is considered to be lowly, inferior, dirty, diseased and the reason is not good or acceptable. Why should a life giving normal physiology be misinterpreted as polluting (India has a long history of concepts of pollution associated with its caste system and some castes were considered as untouchables can you imagine the grossness in that?) ?? India Bull Riders are bullet bikers and they are doing an incredible job of raising awareness on the rights of women and girls to respect by respecting menstruation.

Love and prayers,
Urmila Chanam,
urmila.chanam@gmail.com

Lisbeth
May 18
May 18

My dear, I got you very well. All over we are all speaking about the uncleanness, dirt, taboos and what of you. However, I thought I understood personal hygiene as the secondary reason.

I also do think the bull rider are actually doing an amazing work to raise awareness about it. Thanks for the clarification. Hope you are doing great?
Warm regards

Urmila Chanam
May 19
May 19

Sister dear, I am doing well- the countdown has begun and in just 6 days we have this prpgram. have a great week ahead. Love always, Urmila Chanam

Jill Langhus
May 18
May 18

Hi Urmila,

Thanks for sharing this historic event with us. I can't wait to see photos and an update to see how this event goes. Great job! What a great idea and initiative.

Hope you're doing well, and having a great weekend!

Urmila Chanam
May 18
May 18

Dear Jill,
Men Take Lead Ride 2019 is not just an event or bike rally but a conscious effort to build leadership in men and boys to be allies and advocates of women's rights including right to dignity, non-isolation, care and access to sanitary materials and functional toilets to manange their menstruation, hygienically. To keep the essence of the program aligned to what it aims to achieve, organising it has not come easy with funding challebges and police permits but no matter what, we will surely have the ride on 26th May.

Love and hugs,
Urmila Chanam,
India,
urmila.chanam@gmail.com

Jill Langhus
May 19
May 19

Hi Urmila,

Thanks for clarifying:-) It sounds like a great program, initiative. I'm looking forward to seeing how it goes. I bet it wasn't easy, but I also know you don't give up:-)

XX

Urmila Chanam
May 23
May 23

Dear Jill,
So many people have extended their help and finally I cal say a lot has been completed and we have just 3 days to the ride. Thanks for the wishes.
Love and prayers,
Urmila Chanam
India
urmila.chanam@gmail.com

Jill Langhus
May 23
May 23

Hi Dear:-)

Oh, that's fantastic! I love all the posters that you are posting on FB.

You're welcome!

XX

Urmila Chanam
May 23
May 23

My sister, I have made placards with messages on isolation of menstruating girls and women and also including the national data. These placards will deliver messages to audience, participants, passers by and through media to others. I am doing several things in this event to add value. I am very excited.

Jill Langhus
May 24
May 24

Yes! They're excellent.

Good luck:-)

Olutosin
May 18
May 18

My Trailblazer! Welldone.
May God Almighty bless you with all the needed resources. Amen

Urmila Chanam
May 19
May 19

Dear precious sister,
Thank you so much for encouraging me and praying for me; we are going ahead with whatever we have. God's generosity has different forms.
Love you always,
Urmila Chanam,
india

Dawn Arteaga
May 18
May 18

Yes Urmila! So happy you shared your plans for this year and am so glad to hear the ride is still going strong. Congratulations on your growing movement!! I feel so lucky to know you through World Pulse.

Urmila Chanam
May 19
May 19

Sister Dawn, it is indeed a very special feeling to see that so many people now feel within their hearts that Men Take Lead Ride is their ride and their movement and I am so happy to step back and just facilitate them. This is a day I never imagined I will see so soon. We ride!

Tamarack Verrall
May 20
May 20

My dear sister,
From the first year that you led the way getting these men riders involved in breaking through stigma, I have told and retold the story here, to the amazement of people who don't realise what enormous leaps forward continue to happen, because of the inspired leadership of women like you. Your campaign to involve men is one of the most successful globally and I look forward to spreading the news as the men on bikes begin to roar down the roads in formation together again this year.
Big love,
Tam

Sinyuy Geraldine
May 21
May 21

Hi Urmila. I was in Bangalore a few months ago. I can visualise the ride now that i know the location. It so pathetic to hear that there are such pravtices in your part of the world. I want to tell you that the stigma behind menstruation is everywhere. In my tribe, women who are on their menses do not enter certain traditional sacred places too. But i am a hot headed one who doesn't respect such for who will tell whether i am on my period or not if i do not blow it out myself? Congratulations in advance for the Ride. I hail you and all the men taking the lead. Congragulations.

Urmila Chanam
May 23
May 23

Thanks a lot sister for the wishes, I will need them. Its good to not accept everything that is given to us and question because girls and women have human rights.
Love and hugs
Urmila Chanam
India