The least interesting subject to men

Vasantha57
Posted May 29, 2020 from India

In India, especially in South India, menstruation is not just a physical nuisance  but a matter very much bothering, as it is considered polluting and we are not allowed to stay in the main part of the house, nor allowed to go to any Hindu temple. With this as the commanding order, our girls are not supposed to talk about it in public. Any suggestion to make will be in secrecy. With this in the background, Covid-19 has done the greatest damage. The families in lock down depending on the government dole of meager Rs. 1000 per month (USD 14) sanitary napkins are of no importance. The girls were forced to go back to old system of using old clothes. We sensed it and have supported them with enough sanitary napkins even without asking for it by any specific girl since some of them will not even ask for it due to shyness and the religious secrecy I told you about. We were holding small group discussion among girls about how menstruation is not one that we need to shy about, but be proud of. We hope soon this small group interactions will increase and change the mood. 

 

This story was submitted in response to Menstruation Matters.

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Jill Langhus
May 29
May 29

Hello Vasantha,

Welcome to World Pulse! Thanks for sharing your first post and updating us on how menstruation is handled, in your region. I'm so glad to hear that you're helping girls to get the pads that they need. Do you have a NGO? I'm looking forward to hearing more about your work and what you're goals are.

I hope you and your family are safe and well and that you have a good, safe weekend.

Vasantha57
May 29
May 29

Yes. I am one of the founders of "Gandhian Unit for Integrated Development Education" (GUIDE) started in 1985 and is working primarily for the empowerment of women. Please visit www.guideindia.org, when time permits. We have very strong women group and also a network of women's CBOs and NGOS called Tamilnadu Women's Movement.

Jill Langhus
May 30
May 30

Great! Thanks for sharing your website, and more about your work, too.

Do you have any social media page(s), to like/follow?

Hope you're having a good, safe weekend.

Hello, Vasantha,

Welcome to World Pulse! It’s such a joy that a new voice from India is rising up!

It’s sad when women and girls are mistreated for something that is part of our womanhood. Thank you for providing solutions to the lack of sanitary pads in your community. You are doing important work.

Please continue to write your journey here so more World Pulse sisters can read your stories and connect with you.

Welcome again to our growing sisterhood! Please stay safe.

Vasantha57
May 29
May 29

Thanks Karen.
Next time, I will write about the additional violence women suffer these days of lock down.

You're welcome, sister. Looking forward to reading it sister!

Anita Shrestha
May 30
May 30

Thank you for sharing

Beth Lacey
Jun 05
Jun 05

Such a sad situation, but your work is giving help and hope

Chi8629
Jun 07
Jun 07

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Chi8629
Jun 07
Jun 07

Thank you for sharing..

Vasantha57
Jun 07
Jun 07

Thanks, Kioma, Anita and Beth for the wonderful support.