Menstruation, an essential aspect of women’s health, was reconsidered in the Bollywood film Padman. But why do we need to relook at menstruation? “Shark week”, “Code red” these are just some codes occasionally used by women while on their period. In most cases, menstruation is something that may not be discussed freely. And when discussed, we often use codes to make the conversation less awkward.
Often, topics regarding periods are not entertained, and this adds to the lack of active support for women’s issues. However, these Bollywood celebrities are different. They are the ones who stood up against the norm of menace menstruation.
Relooking Menstruation : Twinkle Khanna
Khanna is one of the stars of the recently released movie, Padman. The movie deals with the story of Arunuchalam Muruganantham, a man who invented low-cost sanitary pads. The actress’ efforts towards women empowerment through the movie have gained global recognition that made her become invited at Oxford University’s debate society – The Oxford Union – to talk about her upcoming film.
In her interview, she emphasised on the need to highlight issues relating to period hygiene and the importance of eliminating the stigma attached to women’s menstruation. She hoped that the movie serves an eye-opener and women are no longer ashamed because of stereotypes.
Relooking Menstruation: Manushi Chhillar
Recently crowned Miss World Manushi Chhillar is yet another prominent female figure who has broken the taboo on menstrual woes. She spearheaded the “Feminine Hygiene Awareness” campaign and visited seven different cities including Kolkata and Hyderabad.
In her campaign, the 20-year old queen addressed the hard-fought struggle that Indian women face when it comes to their menstruation. According to Chhillar, she has sought the collaboration of Walmart India, the manufacturer of sanitary pads in her locality. Along with their help, she reached out to 20 village communities all throughout Northern India and gave women free sanitary pads.
Now with the help of the Miss World organization, it will become a lot easier for Chhillar to take her campaign to another level and extend her reach to help women fight the social stigma that befalls them. The quest becomes a lot easier as she has a background in medical education.
Relooking Menstruation : Kareena Kapoor
The indigenous people in most rural parts of India don’t have enough access and awareness to personal feminine hygiene products. Kareen Kapoor, who is a goodwill ambassador of UNICEF in India, has devoted her time in an event known as “Celebrating Menstrual Hygiene for all Girls, for all Women” and appealed that conversations about period should not be discussed in private.
She had praised some invited adolescent girls from rural parts of the country for improving their menstrual hygiene in their area. The event was said to be memorable as it is the first time in the country that issues like this have been prioritized publicly.
And just like most of them, the vital step for eliminating this major taboo is to spread awareness and encourage constant conversation. Here at FabFit, we believe that feminism is all about empowering women and being confident about their own body.
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