A campaign on menstrual health is fighting for the dignity of girls/women in periods

Urmila Chanam
Posted February 17, 2020 from India
This godman whose followers run the institution where girl students had to flash their underwear to prove they are not on periods says ‘If menstruating women cook, they will be born as kutri (bitch)(1/2)

Breaking the Silence Campaign aims to end myths, taboos and stigma around menstruation prevalent across India and many other countries through creating awareness among adolescent girls and boys(too!) in schools and education institutions with special emphasis on districts and rural regions. We are entering the 7th year of our work and we request you for your help.

Please donate to us to enable this mission to penetrate isolate regions and communities often 'left behind' in the planning process for development.

On 15th February 2020, college students living in a hostel in Gujarat in India were made to strip and show their underwear to female teachers to prove they were not on periods. A hostel official had complained to the college principal that some of the students were breaking rules menstruating women are supposed to follow.According to these rules, women are barred from entering the temple and the kitchen and are not allowed to touch other students during their periods.At meal times, they have to sit away from others, they have to clean their own dishes, and in the classroom, they are expected to sit on the last bench.One of the students told that the hostel maintains a register where they are expected to enter their names when they get their periods, which helps the authorities to identify them.The hostel official complained to the principal that menstruating students were entering the kitchen, going near the temple, and mingling with other hostellers.

This is the state of mindsets when it comes to menstruation and women in India and its important to address this social evil through awareness.

More is surfacing from this incident like this godman who believes if menstruating women cook they will be born as a bitch in the next lifetime and those who eat her food will be born as ox! Read more here-

https://ahmedabadmirror.indiatimes.com/ahmedabad/cover-story/if-menstruating-women-cook-they-will-be-born-as-kutri-bitch-in-next-life/articleshow/74182504.cms?fbclid=IwAR0MnNyLTp5EmSD_VeQcrg47wGd1Mmc8dE3yvPniElY5ZG8t6FoIr_T5MEw

In our aim to increase the level of knowledge and understanding of the female body, physiology and menstruation, Breaking the Silence Campaign has always engaged boys and men, fathers and male teachers in all our programs so that a positive change in how 355 million menstruating girls and women in India experience menstruation in their lifetimes can be brought through correct information, understanding and support. We need your help so please please donate to us so we can reach out,engage and nurture more male advocates and champions of menstrual health.

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maeann
Feb 17
Feb 17

I dont understand why that menstruation is a big deal :) It is part of women's :) so sad... I dont have words to say.

But good thing you are there to bring awareness and education Urmila :)

Thank you for making a difference.

Anita Shrestha
Feb 17
Feb 17

Dear Sis
It is great things to do in Nepal and India. You are raising great awarness.
"Breaking the Silence Campaign aims to end myths, taboos and stigma around menstruation prevalent across India and many other countries through creating awareness among adolescent girls and boys(too!) in schools and education institutions with special emphasis on districts and rural regions. We are entering the 7th year of our work and we request you for your help."

Beth Lacey
Feb 18
Feb 18

Urmila, your work is so important. I hope you get all the support you need.

Hello, sister Urmila,

Oh, wow. It's already 2020, sadly this kind of thinking is still alive. We stand with you, sister. I hope you get more than enough donations you need to raise awareness on menstrual health. It's a lot of work. I hope you have a strong support system in organizing campaigns. Thank you for sharing! All the best to you, dear!

laison sylvie
Feb 18
Feb 18

Proper menstrual hygiene management is very vital, especially to young girls. Thank you for the work you are doing to break the taboos and stigmatization.

Metiege Noel Eve
Feb 19
Feb 19

Congratulations sis for such initiative. It is great to have included men and boys in your campaign for they need to know that menstruation is a natural thing in normal and healthy women and get to support them during this period rather han try to stigmatize

them

JANEKALU
Feb 20
Feb 20

Dear Urmila.you are doing a wonderful job i pray all your target will be achieve.

Jane Kalu

Sharon Makunura
Feb 21
Feb 21

So sad to be discriminated against in this way.

lizzymark
Feb 22
Feb 22

In so many developing nations mensuration is such a big deal in some places women are not even allowed to go to places of worship. The woman has the right to anything and everything during this period as at any other time. Thank you sis for raising your voice.

Regina Afanwi Young
Apr 30
Apr 30

Thanks so much for the good job Urmila . its so sad these girls have to GI through this stigma. Am glad you are doing your best to change this mind set. Am very positive thus campaign will heal great fruits