Cohort: Aug 2018, India Age: 20 Location: Bihar Domain: Health
Solving the problem of menstrual taboos in rural Bihar
There exists a myth in several communities that adolescent girls going through the menstrual cycle are untouchable. As a result, several rules are imposed on girls that they are bound to follow and are considered societal norms. Several girls are not educated on the effects of puberty and the rapid physical and emotional changes that occur.
Chanda and her team run awareness and discussion sessions with parents, teenage girls, social leaders, and teachers on menstrual health. They educate girls about the changes that occur during puberty and try to battle the stigma against menstruation and break the silence on the topic. They use street plays, comics and cartoons to help young people learn about the topic.
The team of 24 started work in 2015. They work in multiple villages in the region.
Chanda was already invested in tackling social issues prior to this initiative when she began a campaign to prevent child marriages and was successful in preventing 16 child marriages. She is currently studying at Bihar University.