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To include Period Education as a part of the school curriculum

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About the Initiative

The topic of menstruation has always been surrounded by taboos and myths. Period, to many, means disgust, shame and a source of embarrassment. Whereas it should actually mean strength, pride and a source of empowerment.

But how is the latter possible without basic knowledge or open discussions on the topic? How is the latter possible in a country where 1 out of 5 girls drop out of school as they have no clue what to do when they get their first period? How the latter possible if basic menstrual hygiene is seen as a waste of money and the last thing to spend on, even after fairness creams and cosmetics?

With Period of Pride, we aim to bring periods and Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) to the forefront. The challenge today is intensified due to the lack of knowledge about periods and how to manage them in a hygienic way. This lack of awareness and the lack of acceptance of Periods as a natural biological process, rather than something that is dirty and repulsive, is what we aim to conquer. This is the singular driving force and purpose behind the collaboration between Network18 and P&G Whisper.

With Period of Pride, we aim to normalize conversations about periods. It is imperative to have an open and free discussion about periods with every girl in our country - to ensure that she doesn’t miss out on her basic right to education and a bright future. It is also critical that we get boys and men into this conversation right from the start, so that we can change the culture of shame and bullying surrounding periods.

A school not only provides knowledge but also shapes the world view of young minds. It is the institute that lays the foundation of society. This foundation can be made much stronger if MHM education is provided at a young age. If schools were to also educate about periods and break the stigma around it, 23 million young girls who drop out of school when they hit puberty will be unstoppable on their journey to achieve their dreams.

Imagine the smallest of schools in India, be it the Central or State boards, including menstrual education for the impressionable children of the 6th, 7th and 8th standard. This will not only create a safe environment for the girls in the school, but will help build a generation that associates Periods with strength rather than shame.

We thus, appeal to the country to come together to ensure that more and more young girls and boys in India are educated about menstruation at puberty. Join our endeavor and Sign this Petition to the HRD Ministry – to include Period Education as a part of the school curriculum. Let’s unite to make it a remarkable Period of Pride.

Sign the petition by filling your details at the top of the page or by giving a missed call on 9999-671-283.

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“Every girl has the right to a sanitary napkin like she has the right to a toilet. We need more conversations around Periods for the right kind of awareness, to break the stigma and make period what it is - a normal female body function. Let us stop our young girls from dropping out of school after their 1st Period.”

- Bhumi Pednekar,   Actress
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Period of Pride. Ek Swach Soch | Amari Foundation

Pallavi Arya, co-founder of Amari Foundation talks about the campaigns conducted by the foundation in certain regions to educate girls about periods and break the period stigma.

Smriti Mandhana | Period of Pride

Smriti Mandhana, Member of the Indian Women's Cricket Team, tells us how conversing about periods openly, has helped her in her game.

Tulsi Kumar | Period of Pride

Tulsi Kumar, Singer, talks about empowering girls with period education before they experience it so they can manage it better.

Rachna Pant | Period of Pride

Rachna Pant, Principal, Ramjas School, emphasizes on the need for period education in schools so that girls don’t drop out of school after their first period.

Farida Lambay | Period of Pride

Farida Lambay, Co-founder & Trustee, Pratham, urges you to help make period education a part of school curriculum.

Sushmita Dev | Period of Pride

Sushmita Dev, President, All India Mahila Congress, emphasizes on the need for sensitization around periods from primary school level.

Raymond Fernandes | Period of Pride

Raymond Fernandes, Director of Education-Shiv Nadar School, emphasizes on the need to include menstrual hygiene education in schools, thus ensuring girls stay in school and lead a healthy and dignified life.

Dr. Harsh Vardhan | Period of Pride

Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Health & Family Welfare, points out that multiple ministries are working to ensure that menstrual hygiene management is included in their schemes and with an end objective of providing safe menstrual hygiene products.

Masaba Gupta | Period of Pride

Masaba Gupta, Fashion Designer, talks about the need to bust myths around periods and that girls/women should be allowed to function normally, as she wants to, even on her periods.

Manika Sharma | Period of Pride

Manika Sharma, Director, The Shri Ram School, talks about menstruation being inevitable and inescapable and that there shouldn’t be any shame attached to it. She emphasizes on the need to have more and more talks and workshops and normalize period conversations.

Captain Shalini Singh | Period of Pride

Captain Shalini Singh, Ex- Army Office, talks about periods never being a hindrance, rather a normal part of her life during army days. She also urges everybody to sign up for the petition like she did.

Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal | Period of Pride

Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal, Minister of Education, talks about women being successful in every field. #PeriodofPride​ is our joint initiative with Whisper India to increase awareness about periods and keep young girls from dropping out of school.

Period Education In School Curriculum

Shereen Bhan points out that, even in the 21st century, millions of girls continue to drop out of school due to lack of awareness about period management.

Shonali Bose | Period of Pride

Shonali Bose, Film Director has a different take where she talks about periods being integral to being a female, a fact that should be celebrated. She is all for the inclusion of period education in schools and has signed the petition. The ball is in your court now.

Mimi Chakraborty | Period of Pride

Mimi Chakraborty, Member of Parliament and Actor, talks about the steps she took in her constituency to raise awareness about cervical cancer. She signed the petition to include period education in school curriculum and wants you to do your bit too.

Poonam Mahajan | Period of Pride

Poonam Mahajan, Member of Parliament joins the period movement and talks about the need to include Menstrual Hygiene Management in the school curriculum.

Seema Sapru | Period of Pride

Seema Sapru, Principal, Heritage School, Kolkata talks about the need to break the period stigma and work towards inclusion of menstrual health education in the school curriculum. She has signed the petition. It is your turn now.

SPOT on & off

Menstruation, a natural process for every woman, but the most neglected topic in the country. To an extent that no one wants to talk about it or even know properly. Here's a story of two girls who are on a mission to change the lives of women from Kherla, Mewat through their project SPOT ON & OFF, by educating them about menstrual hygiene and dismantling the myths and taboos.

Periods Matlab Padhai Bandh?

Periods matlab Padhai bandh? For 1 in 5 girls, this is the reality of their school life today. That sounds completely wrong. Doesn’t it? Period Awareness is her right as is education. Bhumi Pednekar is championing our initiative to include Menstrual Hygiene Education in School Curriculum. Let us all stand with her in support of the cause.

Period Ki Padhai with Bhumi Pednekar

On the occasion of National Girl Child Day and International Education day on 24th January 2020, Bhumi Pednekar interacts with few school girls on Menstruation and Menstrual Health and Hygiene. The topic of menstruation has always been surrounded by taboos and myths. Period, to many, means disgust, shame and a source of embarrassment. Whereas it should actually mean strength, pride and a source of empowerment. But how is the latter possible without basic knowledge or open discussions on the topic?

In conversation with Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Health & Welfare

The topic of menstruation has always been surrounded by taboos and myths. Period, to many, means disgust, shame and a source of embarrassment. Whereas it should actually mean strength, pride and a source of empowerment. But how is the latter possible without basic knowledge or open discussions on the topic? In conversation with Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Health & Welfare on how to take the initiative forward and bring about an actual change in the Society at large.

Remove Period Stigma

Surbhi Upadhyay talks about the need to remove the period stigma and the urgency for inclusion of Period Education in School Curriculum.

Normalise Period Conversations

Marya Shakil is an unstoppable force. She talks about how globally women are reshaping the world. Yet lack of period education negatively impacts their self-confidence & slows down their growth. We need to bring periods back into conversation & into our education.

Keep Girls in School

2 crore girls drop out of school every year! Kishore Ajwani, poignantly points out that we can reach the moon, but are struggling to keep our girls in school. Without the right information, without removing the myths & misconceptions around girls going through their periods, this statistic will continue. Help reverse the tide, sign the petition.

Let’s Talk About Periods

Anand Narasimhan talks about the need for change in conversations around periods.

Period of Pride. Ek Swach Soch.

Watch the launch discussion as representatives from the Government, Social sector and senior leadership of P&G share their take on how to take the initiative forward and bring about an actual change in the Society at large.

Whisper MobileShaala

Whisper continues its mission to keep girls in school. So to ensure that girls can keep studying even when schools are closed, Whisper has launched Mobileshaala, a free phone based learning system where girls can continue learning on school subjects and periods for FREE.

Keep Girls In School

Did You Know that 1 out 5 girls in India drop out of school at the onset of puberty, because of the lack of period education & products. Whisper is on a mission to change that & YOU can be a part of the change. For every pack of Whisper Ultra Clean, Ultra Soft & Ultra Nights you buy, Whisper will provide menstrual hygiene education and Whisper pads to a girl.

Mobile Shaala

Whisper, as a brand, has been at the forefront of MH education in the country for close to three decades, impacting the lives of close to 2-3 crore girls till now. But their studies revealed that the issue of a lack of awareness is still rampant in the country to the extent that 1 out of 5 girls drop out of school when their periods start. With a vision of educating 100% of all adolescent girls in the country on Menstrual Hygiene, Whisper has come up with their ‘Keep Girls In School’ program - to ensure that no girl drops out of school when she gets her period.

With the pandemic causing the schools to shut down, Whisper, in the vein of ensuring that the girls’ education does not stop, took it upon themselves to make the school come to the girls, if the girls couldn’t go to their schools. Out of this vision was born Mobileshaala, a phone-based learning platform wherein girls from classes 6 to 10 can continue their learning on a variety of school subjects and on menstrual hygiene in a language of their choosing for free.

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