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Urmila Chanam

Joined Jan 2010
  • Encourager
  • Vocal Contributor
  • Ambassador
  • Advanced Digital Changemaker
  • Digital Changemaker
  • Voices of Our Future 2016
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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

EnvironmentGirlsHealthHuman RightsLeadershipTechnology & Innovation

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Urmila Chanam commented on What Is Menstrual Hygiene Education In A Village That Has Lived Without Electricity For 20 Years in India: The Reality of Ukhrul in Manipur Jun 12 Urmila Chanam commented on With No Water Or Electricity In Manipur’s Noney, How Do Women Think Of Menstrual Hygiene? Jun 12 Urmila Chanam commented on Awareness on menstrual hygiene and health reaches rural and remote Manipur in Noney district Jun 07 Urmila Chanam commented on Menstrual hygiene education reaches adolescent girls and mothers in tribal communities in Manipur's Tamenglong Jun 07 Urmila Chanam commented on Encouragement Gives Life! Jun 07 Urmila Chanam loved Encouragement Gives Life! Jun 07 Urmila Chanam loved PAVING THE WAY FOR WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS IN BAMENDA through Digital Literacy Training and Mentorship. Jun 07 Urmila Chanam commented on YOUR LIFE ONLINE - Social Media, your Digital Identity and how to detect simple online scam attempts Jun 07 Urmila Chanam loved Urgent help needed Jun 06 Urmila Chanam commented on Two girls were selected out of 880 ! Jun 06 Urmila Chanam loved Two girls were selected out of 880 ! Jun 06 Urmila Chanam commented on Oregon Author Published book 'The Eve Chronicles" about Oregon Jun 06 Urmila Chanam loved Oregon Author Published book 'The Eve Chronicles" about Oregon Jun 05 Urmila Chanam commented on Social Media Will Be The Death Of Sexism Jun 05 Urmila Chanam commented on Bridgender Gap Global meets victims of obstetric Fistula in Cameroon on this World Fistula Day 23 May 2018 Jun 05 Urmila Chanam loved Bridgender Gap Global meets victims of obstetric Fistula in Cameroon on this World Fistula Day 23 May 2018 Jun 05 Urmila Chanam loved Social Media Will Be The Death Of Sexism Jun 04 Urmila Chanam loved The Quest for Safe Social Media | The Argument for World Pulse May 22 Urmila Chanam commented on SISTERHOOD, MY SUPPORT SYSTEM May 22 Urmila Chanam commented on Live with Purpose May 22 Urmila Chanam loved Live with Purpose May 22 Urmila Chanam commented on Taking Menstrual Hygiene Management Awareness Program and Advocacy to Manipur Hills in India May 01 Urmila Chanam commented on How Women Lead - Women Lead the World Program Apr 30 Urmila Chanam commented on Looking for funding to conduct a bullet bike rally in Bangalore to mark the International Menstrual Hygiene Day 28 May 2018 in India Apr 26 Urmila Chanam commented on The Quest for Safe Social Media | The Argument for World Pulse Apr 11 Urmila Chanam commented on “FROM AN ORDINARY LUNCH TO "A BUSINESS LAUNCH" Apr 11 Urmila Chanam loved “FROM AN ORDINARY LUNCH TO "A BUSINESS LAUNCH" Apr 11 Urmila Chanam commented on Views shared about a #positionofstrength Apr 06 Urmila Chanam loved Views shared about a #positionofstrength Apr 06 Urmila Chanam commented on Sexual Violence: A Global Pandemic/ 24th to 30th March 2018 Apr 06 Urmila Chanam loved Sexual Violence: A Global Pandemic/ 24th to 30th March 2018 Apr 06 Urmila Chanam commented on Know Our Team - Reflections Apr 06 Urmila Chanam loved I Became A Global Grassroots Leader Through The Power Of My Written Words Apr 03 Urmila Chanam loved INDIA: I Fought Gender Discrimination at Home Apr 02 Urmila Chanam loved WHAT CAN YOU DO FOR NIGERIAN POOR WOMEN, AS WE CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY? Apr 02 Urmila Chanam loved CAMEROON: I Will Not Let Disability Silence Me Apr 02 Urmila Chanam loved How To Get Involved Mar 03 Urmila Chanam loved Planing to start Our own Media Feb 18 Urmila Chanam loved moving forward Feb 18 Urmila Chanam loved A few steps ahead, but miles to go! Feb 18