Making Periods Normal

Making Periods Normal


They would put barriers
on women during their periods. Like touching pickles, and they were not
allowed to take a shower and many other similar myths
that they used to follow. On top of this, they are not allowed
to study and go to school, which becomes a hindrance for their overall development. When I conduct the sessions in the schools, they (the boys) get to hear something new. When they hear about it the first time, they find it funny. There are many young boys in our society who have myths and wrong perceptions related to young girls. So it is important for them that they should know about menstrual hygiene management, and they should know about the emotions of young girls and support them. They make lots of jokes and laugh
and talk amongst themselves. When I start to talk with them
about the project content, they do more funny activities. But the information given by Restless Development is helping in creating empathy – there is a change in the society. They also go deeper into it; they start
thinking for a moment. Many of them reflect on it and
share with me, “Does it really happen, brother?” And then they start feeling that they should support women, and that they should share these issues with their friends. Today, when I go to any village where
I work and meet with boys and girls, as well as
their parents, I see they really respect me a lot. Because, earlier, their sons used to
make comments about the girls, and make the girls feel uncomfortable. Now when I go to the same village,
I see boys and girls are helping each other, and
respect each other. We will all work for a society where there will be no discrimination based on gender. Where young people get the opportunity to take leadership from the front. Because if young people can do that, our nation will become prosperous, happy and healthy.

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