Why we must end period shaming!
The stigma around menstruation is long-standing in our country. According to the Times of India, https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/70-cant-afford-sanitary-napkins-reveals-study/articleshow/7344998.cms, there is inadequate access to menstrual health products for young girls, aged 12 to 18 who miss about five days of school, or in some cases even drop out. There are discrepancies even in the modern day scenario where menstruating women are discriminated against when they are not allowed in kitchen spaces or prayer rooms on account of them contaminating the area. This is clearly indicative of a misconception that menstruation is dirty.
The Indian myth about menstruation and impurity is ancient and regressive in terms of shunning women from everyday activities while menstruating. There are several organisations and initiatives that are working towards providing better access to hygienic menstrual products and also spreading awareness and educating about menstruation and period supplies. Several artists and poets have been creating funny stigma-erasing cartoons and myth busting poems opening up a healthy dialogue around periods.
We can sense a general shift in the attitude towards menstruating women where people around them are being a little more empathetic and understanding; however, aggressive programs need to be put in action by governmental institutions to address the problem of period shaming and also to keep young girls from quitting schools.