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Ghaziabad Mayor interacts with girls on world menstruation day

May 28, 2018

A group drawing competition was organised to understand how girls think about menstruation.

Ghaziabad: May 28 is celebrated as World Menstruation Day to highlight the need for encouraging adolescent girls to practice hygienic methods during periods. In India, many girls do not talk about this simple biological change due to shame, inconvenience and lack of adequate knowledge. The society too remains silent and largely fails to provide any guidance to girls during their period.

In this context, Poorva On Yamuna Foundation, a volunteer-based organisation in partnership with Healthpost organised an interactive session for 350 girls on “Celebrating Menstruation – Breaking The Silence”. The chief guest at the session was Smt. Asha Sharma, Mayor of Ghaziabad. She spoke about the need for a collective effort by parents, teachers and public representatives to be vocal about menstruation and how it needs to be managed. The other eminent speakers included Dr Shashi Arora, Gynaecologist and Director of Yashoda Hospitals, Ms Jinnie Gogia Chugh, International Powerlifting Champion and Gold Medallist, Smt Archana Rastogi, Principal, Shri Guru Nanak Girls Inter College. A group drawing competition was also organised to understand how girls think about menstruation.

Malika Kumar, Director of Poorva On Yamuna Foundation said, “Celebrating Menstruation is important as it will break the culture of silence around periods and encourage girls to be normal during this time. It will also lead to creating awareness about other inter-linked adolescent issues like early child marriage, nutrition and education”.

The interactive session is first in the series and will be conducted in other private and public schools across Ghaziabad districts in coming months.

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