World Menstrual Hygiene Day why are we still discussing?
People around the World are celebrating world Menstrual Hygiene Day. Menstruation has been a topic of hushed discussion. It was something that was not to be discussed in public but in recent times, women are breaking the taboo of ‘periods’. Although still in many parts of the world people are not aware of it. But why we are still discussing it? why do we need to write this article?
Menstrual Cycle or ‘periods’ are something that is natural. No one has any control over their periodic occurrence and they are necessary for the evolution of woman’s body. But the unawareness and attempt to hide occurrence of Menstruation have caused many problems for the woman around the world. Women are ashamed of discussing Menstrual Cycle in public.
People around the globe have different period-based beliefs, some think that it’s dirty(yes if you don’t let the woman take care of her body than it is), some think it attracts shark(no not at all), some think that it isn’t pure(are you kidding?).
Menstrual Hygiene Day: Breaking The Silence today
Women all over the world are now trying to break their silence over this critical issue(because it’s something as common as men’s boner). Now, they are not afraid of talking and informing about the necessary event in every women’s life. It is seen that some brave woman has accepted and shunned the use of tampons or any protective material to embrace this necessary event of womanhood. In 2015, drummer Kiran Gandhi participated n London Marathon. During the marathon, ‘free bleeding’ happened to her, which was quite visible. When asked about this, Kiran said that she wanted to draw the light and attention of those people who consider it as taboo. She also said that she want her ‘sisters all over the world’ to talk about it.
Different Countries; One Problem
Menstruation is something that no one wants to talk about. And unlikely, it is something that requires a high level of attention. Still, in many parts of the world, women are taught not to talk about menstruation, even if they are suffering from the pain and those cramps.
In India, Women are not allowed to enter the temple or to cook food during their periods, In Kenya, Woman refers menstrual cycle as ‘visitors’ and it has become a sort of tradition, In Germany, till early 70’s, women were not allowed in public places when they were on their menstrual cycle, In Nepal woman are forced to sleep out of the home during those painful 4 days.
What is required from young generation is to break the social barriers? and the process has already started. Many companies and foundations are working all over the world to create awareness about menstruation. In Uganda, feminist Stella Nyanzi started a campaign to collect money for making free sanitary pads available at all schools. In Kenya, people have started talking openly about menstruation. Public TV Channels have started an awareness campaign. In India, Female activist Nikita Azad responded to this issue by starting a campaign ‘Happy To Bleed’. She started distributing sanitary pads at workplaces and colleges so that someone should not suffer because of social stigma.
Our Take on Menstrual Hygiene Day
Menstruation is something which no one can control. And understanding this, we feel you should respond maturely to this serious issue. People watch all kind of kinky stuff and porn. But talking and spreading awareness about ‘Menstrual Cycle’ is a big no from society. Everyone is ashamed of talking or even listening to this topic. We should take Menstrual Hygiene as normal as breathing is. Breaking the Tabboo and social stigma about Menstrual Cycle is very important. It is a natural phenomenon to which we should respond maturely. We should not make barriers instead our responsibilty is to break these social barriers and help all women who go through this natural process but still try to hide it just because of social barriers and stigma.
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