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The (GPE) Green Period Educator is a 3 month program for professionals (young and old, in corporate and non-corporate spaces) who want to facilitate conversations around reusable period products in their offices, at their companies, in their resident associations, on whatsapp groups — everywhere! …


Menstruation is one of the most personal experiences that anyone can have with their body, unfortunately, this experience is influenced and even deeply affected by one’s association with different private and public spaces — school, home, travel, work, etc. In order to understand this complicated relationship and its effects on one’s basic human rights, it is essential to examine where the experience in each of these spaces becomes unhealthy and violative, let alone nurturing/enabling.

Menstrual Rights Violations at the Workplace:

In Tamil Nadu, high-value garment industry leaders are prescribing unlabelled medication to factory workers who complained of menstrual cramps. …


By Sonal Jain

PCOS (Poly-cystic Ovarian Syndrome) is a hormonal disorder that could be caused by multiple reasons, most common being insulin resistance, inflammation caused by gluten, excessive androgens or (Oral Contraceptive) pill induced PCOS. Some of the common symptoms of PCOS obesity, difficulty in losing weight, hair loss/ thinning of hair, hirsutism, irregular periods, oily skin etc. PCOS has no cure as such but it can be managed by change in lifestyle and taking supplements. There is now research showing that going dairy-free and gluten-free helps increase insulin sensitivity and supplements such as Vit D, Inositol and Metformin help…


As India announced one of the harshest lockdowns in the world, among the many groups that remained invisible in the government policy announcements were menstruating persons. Hygiene essentials for menstruating persons were missed out in the essentials list of items and services announced by the government. The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, in an affidavit filed in the Bombay High Court in response to a petition seeking that sanitary products be declared an essential commodity, said such a decision could only be taken after due process of assessing the demand and supply gap. …


In the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare systems have faced a pivotal challenge. In India, catering to COVID-19 positive patients and conducting tests consumed the entire system with very little infrastructure, time and expertise allocated for other ailments, illnesses or even medical emergencies. While the battle to tackle the physical effects of COVID-19 are ongoing, the assistance we need to help with mental health has largely been self prescribed/aided by the media.

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Articles on how to manage mental health during lockdown have been aplenty. Multiple circumstances have been explored and experts have shared their two cents. For example…


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India’s 1.3 billion people were ordered to stay in for 3 weeks starting March 24th, 2020, to tackle the spread of coronavirus. However, it soon became clear that this solution did not suit the needs of the nation. One way this fact was demonstrated was by the exodus of over 40 million internal migrants who took to the streets and started crossing borders on foot. The sanitary napkin crisis was another signaling of the unmet needs of over 355 million menstruating women. …


The media has a huge role to play in the way people perceive the world around them. It keeps us in a constant loop, informing us of the ever evolving outlook and environment of our society. With the growing challenge of stepping out into the real world at this time, our collective dependency on the media only grows deeper.

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This is why, it is imperative to look into how the media has covered menstruation during the pandemic. What sort of landscape has it painted?

Female Frontline Warriors

One of the most widely reported perspectives under the subject of menstruation was the female frontline…


On March 25, 2020, with COVID-19 cases on the rise around the world, the government of India announced its first lockdown. ‘Lockdown 1.0’ effectively barred any movement within and from outside India’s borders. Various sectors — right from the unorganised workforce to small-scale and large-scale industries/services — came to a standstill, resulting in some obvious, yet largely unaccounted for, repercussions.

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Among such repercussions was the serious lack of accounting for the menstrual health and hygiene of a population of more than 366 million Indians. …


By Subhiksha Manoj

Link to document your experience: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdZ53V4OcHDZRz2GF0nzJZhMtTtfYt7go2tE2Z_SJ5bdoRF7w/viewform

In India, menstrual rights are considered a myth, and anyone who ventures to bust it with facts about the biological process enters a murky arena of shame, taboos, superstitions, blindly followed rituals but most importantly an arena that severely lacks any constitutional validity.

One of the best examples to demonstrate the lack of a rights-based approach in menstrual health is the entry of womxn to Sabarimala temple in Kerala. Although the Supreme Court of India intervened and made a landmark ruling in September 2018 — any exception placed on womxn because…


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Applications accepted till : 25th October 2020, 23.59 hours

“It has been a wonderful experience where I got to talk about menstruation, menstrual cups and a lot of other things. This journey made me learn a lot and I acquired many different skills — skills which I did not know I possessed were brought into action. A lot of inhibitions were shattered including my own. The number of people who have approached me with questions pertaining to sexual health and menstruation has just made me feel like I’m doing something right and breaking the stigma.”

BOONDH

A social enterprise that works on Menstrual Literacy, Advocacy, Policy, Programming and Sustainable Products. Executive Editor: Bharti Kannan, bharti@boondh.co

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