Urmila Chanam

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

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 EmpowermentEducationEnvironmentGender-based ViolenceGirlsHealthHuman RightsLeadershipMen and BoysTechnology & Innovation

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Urmila Chanam commented on Patriarchy and Sexism Cannot Stop Indian Women: The Economics Of Resilience Aug 05 Urmila Chanam commented on OPEN LETTER TO FIRST LADY OF SIERRA LEONE: GIRLS & WOMEN NEED A COMPASSIONATE FIRST LADY Jul 25 Urmila Chanam loved OPEN LETTER TO FIRST LADY OF SIERRA LEONE: GIRLS & WOMEN NEED A COMPASSIONATE FIRST LADY Jul 25 Urmila Chanam commented on Time to Shout #BabaeAko (I am a Woman) Jul 25 Urmila Chanam loved Time to Shout #BabaeAko (I am a Woman) Jul 25 Urmila Chanam loved AGENCY BASED EMPOWERMENT WORKSHOP WITH ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT ANTEDOTE TO POVERTY AND GENDER BASED VIOLENCE Jul 25 Urmila Chanam loved Empower the Ecosystem, too. Jul 25 Urmila Chanam loved FINDING MY VOICE, LIVING MY DREAM: MY WEALTH Jul 25 Urmila Chanam loved I have become a Digital Rights Advocate for Cameroon. Jul 25 Urmila Chanam loved THE SAFE SPACE THEORY Jul 25 Urmila Chanam commented on Join hands to fight against Malnutrition. Malnutrition is Real! Jul 25 Urmila Chanam loved Join hands to fight against Malnutrition. Malnutrition is Real! Jul 25 Urmila Chanam commented on DONATE GENEROUSLY TO THE AWARD WINNING CAMPAIGN THAT REACHES THE REMOTEST VILLAGES AND COMMUNITIES OFTEN LEFT BEHIND Jul 25 Urmila Chanam loved A woman's words and waste another Woman's wealth. Jul 25 Urmila Chanam loved My sister my friend project Jul 23 Urmila Chanam loved Patriarchy and Sexism Cannot Stop Indian Women: The Economics Of Resilience Jul 22 Urmila Chanam commented on On Wealth Jul 16 Urmila Chanam loved On Wealth Jul 16 Urmila Chanam commented on On Changing the Narrative; My Weakness, My Wealth. Jul 16 Urmila Chanam loved On Changing the Narrative; My Weakness, My Wealth. Jul 16 Urmila Chanam loved Women's wealth is building nations Jul 14 Urmila Chanam loved My challenges and obstacles are rather stepping stones to achieving my dream of empowering women. Jul 14 Urmila Chanam loved Women Changing their World Jul 14 Urmila Chanam loved AGENCY BASED EMPOWERMENT WORKSHOP WITH ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT ANTIDOTE TO POVERTY AND GENDER BASED VIOLENCE Jul 13 Urmila Chanam commented on My sisters; my wealth Jul 10 Urmila Chanam loved My sisters; my wealth Jul 09 Urmila Chanam commented on With No Water Or Electricity In Manipur’s Noney, How Do Women Think Of Menstrual Hygiene? Jul 06 Urmila Chanam commented on With No Water Or Electricity In Manipur’s Noney, How Do Women Think Of Menstrual Hygiene? Jul 06 Urmila Chanam loved REPOSITIONING MY EMPOWERMENT WALK FOR EFFECTIVE COLLABORATION AND SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT OF POOR WIDOWS AND SCHOOL DROP-OUTS IN RURAL NIGERIA Jun 22 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 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 commented on YOUR LIFE ONLINE - Social Media, your Digital Identity and how to detect simple online scam attempts Jun 07 Urmila Chanam commented on 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 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 commented on How Women Lead - Women Lead the World Program Apr 30