Urmila Chanam

Joined Jan 2010
  • Voices of Our Future 2016
  • Advanced Digital Changemaker
  • Ambassador
  • Digital Changemaker
  • Vocal Contributor
  • Encourager
  • Featured Changemaker
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Break the Silence and Shame Around Menstruation With Me

What I'm Leading

My goal is to end the myths, taboos, stigma and shame associated with menstruation in India and different parts of the world because menstruation is a life-giving natural phenomenon and cultural traits which propagate that it is dirty and menstruating girls and women are impure are against their human rights. Menstruation and ability to manage it hygienically involves a (1)supportive environment where a growing up girl can seek information, sympathy, support and solution to her concerns and anxieties about the body changes of adolescence and care required (2) products that she can use to absorb menstrual blood and facilities and infrastructure like toilet, clean water supply and soap to wash her body, hands and soiled clothes (3) facilities to dispose used sanitary materials that are safe for environment and give privacy. Research show only 48% of girls in India are aware of menstruation prior to menarche, just 36% menstruating girls and women are using sanitary napkins and 1 billion non- compostable sanitary pads are causing environment hazard in India every month! What are the factors that have contributed to these needs to go unfulfilled and unconsidered in our families, communities, schools and offices and in our government initiatives? The obsession with the boy child, lack of value for a girl child to the extent of gender- based abortions going to alarming levels, and the deep gender inequality in our homes are the reasons that girls and women in India face serious issues around menstruation. Imagine a world where boys and men menstruated? Would menstruation still be considered dirty, would there still be a lack of clean sanitary material?

Who I'm Impacting

2000 adolescent girls/women, boys/men, doctors/nurses, frontline workers, journalists and state and local government.

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About Me

A menstrual health activist, global campaigner of women's right to dignity & good health, Founder 'Breaking the Silence' Campaign a campaign to end myths, taboos and stigma on menstruation, public health expert with experience in HIV/AIDS interventions with women in sex work, transgender and sexual minority community, drug users, truckers & orphans and vulnerable children, a certified trainer on menstrual hygiene management, gender based violence & digital empowerment and journalist .Recipient of Voices of Our Future Award, UNFPA National Laadli Award, Vodaphone Foundation 50 'Women of Pure Wonder' & MasterCard Celebrate Heroes Award 2017.

My Vision

A world where a woman’s dignity and aspirations are not subject to culturally imposed myths and taboos on menstruation and her body

Interests

Economic PowerEducationEnvironmentGender-based ViolenceGirlsHealthHuman RightsLeadershipMen and BoysTechnology

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