Youth from Assam take initiative to break stigma around menstruation
Jeet Nath from Tezpur and Manjistha Sharma from Guwahati have taken up an initiative to break the stigma around menstruation.
They are the initiators of “The Red Movement,” a platform for youth where they promote awareness on the issue and discuss how to generate and facilitate knowledge about menstruation.
The volunteers in the program are called ‘Period Ambassadors’ and they organised a sanitary pad donation drive on May 2 and May 3 at B.K. Tower, Ganeshguri in the city where numerous people donated sanitary napkins instead of money. These pads will be given to educational institutes in rural/semi-urban areas to sensitise individuals on the importance of sanitary pads. A session will also be held by showing various documentaries, posters on menstrual hygiene, discussions on myths and facts about menstruation and they will also be taught Yoga and various exercises during periods to help women to live a healthy life.
Their school sensitising program was held at Bonda Anchalik High School at Narengi, Guwahati with students of class 7, 8, 9 and 10.
The duo are also planning to open their own NGOs, ‘The Mind Body Soul Foundation’ by Jeet Nath and ‘Connecting the Dots’ by Manjishta Sharma.
They are currently pursuing their Masters in Social Work from Christ University, Bangalore.