World Menstrual Day, 2019 celebrated in Slums in Berhampur
Berhampur,28/05/19:Sruti Kumari and Divya Bhanjani have taken initiative to fight stigma and social taboos related to the menstrual of teens in the slums in Berhampur city. They both have started a campaign among the adolescent and youth in the city to sensitise on issues related to the menstrual hygiene, related stigma, and also fighting for access to menstrual products, sanitation infrastructure, public services, status of women and girls in society and gender disparity.
They both volunteered to spare their summer vacation by sensitising adolescent girls and boys in 10 slums but they have decided to engage themselves and other adolescent leaders throughout the year. They started their action in April’ 2019 by just talking to young girls and boys on related issues to their health, education, and skill development in three slums i.e. Raghupati Nagar, Gramdevati Street and Jagabandhu Street in Berhampur.
They already have a roadmap to sensitise more than 100 adolescent girls in 10 slums on menstrual hygiene, fight stigma, access to sanitation infrastructure and products, and provide them life skills, making them go back to schools and college and link to develop their skill for livelihood and develop leadership skills and above all for gender parity society. They also engaged with the ASHA, ANM and Anganwadi Workers in these localities to improve service delivery to the adolescents.
To o break the silence, raise awareness and change negative social norms surrounding MHM around the world and to engage decision-makers at global, national and local levels to increase the political priority for MHM and catalyze action, the world today celebrating “World Menstrual Day”. On this occasion they also are celebrating the day involving the adolescents in slums in the city.
Sruti Kumari is leading Berhampur Children federation and Divya Bhanajani is currently B. Sc student and a summer intern at Youth for Social Development (YSD) a local NGO working with children, adolescent, youth and women based in Berhampur, Odisha. They both are trained and volunteering under the support and guidance of the youth and adolescent health rights team of YSD.