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World Menstrual Hygiene day is celebrated on May 28. To highlight this day, I bring you a video by activist Sinu Joseph opening up on this hush-hush topic.
Many young girls in India are not informed or educated well enough about menstruation before its onset. They are not aware that they would experience this biological process. So, when it does happen they get scared, fearing that they have contracted a serious disease. One can imagine what would go through the tender minds of these young girls.
Surprisingly while researching on this article, I discovered that girls from many parts of our country are not aware about the use of sanitary napkins. This clearly confirms that we are not enlightened enough on the subject. I personally feel that every girl needs to be enlightened, so that she doesn’t become anxious or scared when it actually happens.
It’s also essential to create awareness on menstruation hygiene as it is closely connected to women’s health.
Poor menstruation hygiene affects the reproductive tract of women which could lead to various health problems. We are also aware of the several cultural taboos and myths that are linked with menstruation too. How often do we hear stories that girls with periods were not allowed to enter the kitchen or eat certain kinds of food.
The main objective of this day is to create awareness and break the silence on menstrual hygiene management. This day could also be utilized to discuss the problems that women undergo during this period at home, school and work.
Watch Sinu Joseph talk on the subject in this engaging video.
Image is a screenshot from the video
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Darlings makes some excellent points about domestic violence . For such a movie to not follow through with a resolution that won't be problematic, is disappointing.
I watched Darlings last weekend, staying on top of its release on Netflix. It was a long-awaited respite from the recent flicks. I wanted badly to jump into its praise and will praise it, for something has to be said for the powerhouse performances it is packed with. But I will not be able to in a way that I really had wanted to.
I wanted to say that this is a must-watch on domestic violence that I stand behind and a needed and nuanced social portrayal. But unfortunately, I can’t. For I found Darlings to be deeply problematic when it comes to the portrayal of domestic violence and how that should be dealt with.
Before we rush to the ‘you must be having a problem because a man was hit’ or ‘much worse happens to women’ conclusions, that is not what my issue is. I have seen the praises and criticisms, and the criticisms of criticisms. I know, from having had close associations with non-profits and activists who fight domestic violence not just in India but globally, that much worse happens to women. I have written a book with case studies and statistics on that. Neither do I have any moral qualms around violence getting tackled with violence (that will be another post some day).
Gender stereotypes, though a by-product of the patriarchal society that we have always lived in, are now so intricately woven into our conditioning that despite our progressive thinking, we are unable to break free from them.
Repeatedly crossing, while on my morning walk ̶ a sticky, vine-coloured patch on the walkway, painted by jamuns that have fallen from the jamun tree, crushed by the impact of their fall, and perhaps, inadvertently trampled upon by walkers, awakens memories of the mulberry tree that stood in my parents’ house when I was growing up. Right at the entrance of the house, the tree caused a similar red and violet chaos on the floor, which greeted us each time we entered the gate.
Today, as I walked by this red-violet patch, I was reminded of an incident that my mother had narrated to me several times. It had taken place shortly after her marriage and her arrival in this house from her hometown.