We held our session on menstrual hygiene management with a focus on menstrual cups at Sirsa, Unnao. Sirsa is a village in the interior of Unnao, where still almost all the women are illiterate, mostly walk barefoot, get married at a really young age and use different types of cloths to absorb their menstrual blood. The situation is similar for most of the rural women in the villages around Lucknow area. The previous session that we had held in Hargoan, which is also a village, was a different experience because we had invited Asha Bahu who are in charge of 1000 people in their village, have some level of education and are connected to health sector in some way. Therefore, the acceptance rate at Hargoan was much better.
The women in Sirsa were very shy and hesitant in opening up, even after I had left the area. They would giggle between themselves whenever I would say synonyms of menstruation. When at Sirsa, after our session, we asked the audience to close their eyes and raise their hands if they would like to try the menstrual cups. Around 10 women raised their hands. When after the session, we were waiting for them to come and get their cup, 2 women showed the courage to come and get it from us, and 1 young lady came to us when we were about to leave. We are posting the family of one such courageous lady.
For all of you, menstruation is a natural phenomenon and just how we can talk about other bodily functions such as breathing, eating, etc. we should not hesitate to talk about menstruation either. Every woman goes through it and in some way makes one’s life a little hard to manage. So, rather than being shy or hesitant or quiet, let’s talk about it, share experiences and help each other to manage periods with more ease.
Thanks to Neeraj Sachaan ji, Adil Abbas ji, Garima ji and Arwind ji for allowing us to host the session at Sirsa. Session held by Anita Kapoor and Pramila Devi.
Cindy Belardo and Abhishek Yadav
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