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STEARS presents ‘Paaq Bandhu’- conducts workshop on Menstruation with girls and boys

The Menstruation Project’ workshop to be held in various schools in Lucknow

19th July, 2018

STEARS NEWS DESK

Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh – STEARS launches ‘Paaq Bandhu’ – a forum for peace building. Keeping in mind, the condition of women health and hygiene and role of patriarchy in the same, ‘Paaq Bandhu’ will conduct workshop named ‘The Menstruation Project’ at various schools in Lucknow with both girls as well as boys. The first workshop is being held on 2nd August, 2018 at Sri Ramswaroop Memorial Public School (SRMPS).

Paaq Bandhu’ was initiated by Shreya M. in November 2015 for various peace building and communal harmony activities. The group currently has close to 2000 members from across the world, collaborating with various activists, artists, students, environmentalists, social workers etc to work on similar social issues in India.

Born and brought up in Lucknow, Shreya completed Bachelors in Journalism and Mass Communication from Amity University and then went on to pursue Post Graduate Diploma in Community Media from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and was awarded with the Best Student’s Award. Now, she is primarily focusing on peace and justice building activities. She is also a passionate documentary filmmaker. And now together with STEARS, ‘Paaq Bandhu’ will work on breaking stereotypes around menstruation, with both adolescent girls as well as boys.

It is a NO new fact that India severely lags behind in terms of women health and empowerment. Despite various policies and efforts by government and non government organizations, there has not been any major difference in the situation primarily because topics like menstruation and sex are still considered taboo to discuss in our society. With no space for young girls and women to put forward their issues related to menstruation and sex, they get vulnerable to consequences of wrong and/or no proper information and awareness. But it has also been observed that despite women being aware of their body, mostly they remain nonvocal in addressing their issues because of the toxic Indian patriarchal society which discourages and conditions both girls and boys to put women issues secondary or nowhere in this man’s world. Therefore, ‘The Menstruation Project’ workshop aims at providing the same opportunity for both young girls as well as boys, to identify and unlearn patriarchal thoughts which hinder the way for women and people associated with her to live a free, healthy and comfortable life.

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