Limited access to safe, affordable, convenient and culturally appropriate methods of dealing with menstruation
has far-reaching implications for rights and physical, social and mental well-being of many women and adolescent girls in Kenya.
Yet, we all know that menstruation
is a normal biological process and that menstruating girls and women are not unclean, rather they are normal and healthy.
Unlike in the past, now during the days of menstruation
, they do wash their hair daily, take bath and give water and food to women.
The reason I decided to work in this sector was to create a truly holistic approach to menstruation
through integration of ethical business practices, and culturally sensitive, life-affirming education about the menstrual experience.
I am hoping that the shame and embarrassment around menstruation
is reduced so that women can turn around and allot a certain budget to sanitary pads in their monthly budgets or that the girls can go up to their dads and say that they don't need fairness creams but need sanitary pads instead.
It's uncertain whether the film will achieve the ambitious goal of normalizing menstruation
, but a huge name like Kumar could make that more likely.
In underdeveloped areas, such as in Nepal, unfortunately, the concept of menstruation
has been twisted and there women are not treated as they should be.
24% of the girls were totally unaware of the cause and source of menstruation
when they first experienced it.
Because of this misinformation, menstruation
is often associated with profound psychological and emotional problems by adolescent girls.
Based on these results, the researchers believe that menstruation
is unlikely to affect a woman's brain power.
There is a strong need to address adolescent girls regarding issues related to menstruation
which are imposed upon them.
-still-holding-girls-back) secrecy and taboos that surround menstruation
in many societies.