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Meher (name changed) is a 12-year-old from Kalol village in Gujarat. Covid has adversely affected two years of her schooling and now as she enters puberty, she is anxious about menarche (the first occurrence of menstruation) and how she will go to school. Her mother and father are also not sure whether it is okay to send her to school on those days. So, her education is in question right now.
71% of adolescent girls in India remain unaware of menstruation till menarche. Unicef
Even today menstruation is widely seen as polluting and shameful, due to which girls are often excluded and shamed in their homes and in their communities. Many are not able to communicate about problems they face related to menstruation. They also fail to adopt hygienic practices during menstruation. Such conditions may initiate the process of disempowerment.
To address the issue CHETNA has initiated a Mass Awareness Campaign “Red अच्छा है” to break the silence around menstruation and change in the beliefs and myths around it. We have also developed special educational material to explain it in a simple language, which is very popular among the Non-Government Organisations and in the Government programmes.
As a part of our menstrual hygiene awareness programme, we distribute menstruation kits among the girls.
Every year we reach out to thousands of girls for creating menstruation awareness.