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.
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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-
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.