माहवारी, मासिक धर्म, menstruation, menstrual cycles, periods, etc. I am not afraid to say these words anymore, in fact, I feel proud. Just how we breathe and our hearts beats, menstruation is also a similar natural process. Just how appropriate a red lehnga is on a special occasion, so is the red menstrual blood. It’s not a colour to be afraid or ashamed of. For the last 20 days, Cindy, Abhishek and I have embarked on an opportunity to teach the women in Lucknow about menstrual hygiene with a focus on the environmentally friendly menstrual cups. We have gotten in touch with a variety of different girls hostels, PG, universities, villages, heads of villages and gynaecologists to discuss about menstrual hygiene. Numerous of them started rejecting and declining the calls after hearing the word “menstrual.” However, more than that have been those super awesome-amazing people who have given permission to host the seminars at their respective areas. These people are the real heroes. We have held training sessions to train enthusiastic trainees, who are now ready to go anywhere, break menstruation related taboos and enlighten anyone about menstrual cups.
I am grateful to Sharaf jeejaji’s guidance through the program, and the University of Oklahoma and Davis Project for Peace for funding this project that is going to transform lives of women who walk with the idea of menstrual cups and even those who learnt about it from us.