My journey into Menstrual Education

Feba Nisha, Associate Programme Manager and Legal Advisor, Reaching Hand narrates her experience while taking menstrual hygiene classes for girl students in government schools…

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“How many openings do we have below our tummy?” I’d ask, and the children and the teachers would all reply, “Two!”

OMG!! It is ok if the children didn’t know, but even the teachers!!? Really?? Sadly, that’s the state of awareness in the society around me.

Having worked in the field of sanitation for quite a few years, those of us at Reaching Hand had come to realize that providing toilets and sanitary napkins for girl students in Government Schools wasn’t the final solution; there had to be a behavioural change in these girls and break them out of the “I don’t care” and the “I, being a girl, am not important” attitude. We called it the “Girls Glory” campaign.

I began taking menstrual hygiene classes for children in Government Schools, along with two volunteers from the US, Mai Soua Chang and Tiffany Wallace. Though Bangalore is a metropolitan city…

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Author: REACHING HAND

Reaching Hand is a registered Charitable Trust started in 1996 in Bangalore, formed with an aim to work among underprivileged children, vulnerable youths and disadvantaged women. We envision an empowered future for all by acting as a catalyst for social change. We empower children, youth and women through our innovative program focusing on the areas of education, health and skill development so that they lead a life of self-worth, hope and dignity.

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