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"Aunty Red", "Aunt Flo", "Code Red”, "Leak Week", just a few of the many names used to describe menstruation. Why are we ashamed of talking about a natural biological process?
Stigma around menstruation results in exclusion and discrimination of women/girls. In India, these taboos keep women and girls from going to school, touching water, cooking, attending religious ceremonies, and engaging in community activities. Additionally, it reinforces gender-based discrimination, perpetuating the idea that menstruating women and girls are unclean. Misogyny seems to be one of the oldest Indian traditions; combining this age old tradition with the stigma and shame that women/girls are made to feel whilst menstruating, is truly disempowering.
Stigma and shame surrounding periods has not only adversely impacted women's & girls' human rights, but has also affected their health. Vulnerable women can be forced to use improvised, unhygienic materials that may cause leaking and infection, putting their health at serious risk.
Tampons and sanitary napkins, even though tax-free now, cost Rs.8-12 per pad; thus making female sanitary products a luxury for the nearly 800 million people who live on less than Rs. 150 a day (GlobalCitizen, 2019).
I support the Myna Mahila Foundation because they are empowering women in a unique way and visibly bringing about a change to improve women’s health and hygiene in India.

About Me

First time runner, doing the 10k run at the Tata Mumbai Marathon in support of the Myna Mahila Foundation. I was passively involved with Myna Mahila while I was completing my education in the UK. On returning to Mumbai, I wanted to continue contributing towards the cause; therefore I decided to move out of my comfort zone and partake in the marathon.

Mynah Mahila Foundation strives to:
1) Reduce period stigma
2) Provide women with employment opportunities and to raise awareness about menstrual hygiene
3) Build women's network by creating a safe place for women/girls in the Govandi slums of Mumbai
Read about all the amazing things Myna Mahila does: https://mynamahila.com/our-mission/

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Pradyumna Taneja
22nd December 2019

Good luck Amu!

Raveena Shahpuri
11th December 2019

So proud of you Amu

Simran Wadhwani
11th December 2019

You go girl!

Sanam Rawal
9th December 2019

Wish you all the best! Love, secret santa

Sonali Gokal
13th November 2019

All the very best Amrita! Proud of you!!!

Sonali Gokal
13th November 2019

All the Best!!!

Anonymous
13th November 2019

Great work! Keep it up

Anonymous
12th November 2019

So proud of you for doing this! Goodluck for the run, you will ace it.

Anonymous
11th November 2019

Great cause. Good luck :)

Raising Money For:
Myna Mahila Foundation
Myna Mahila Foundation creates a network of young female entrepreneurs by partnering with self-help groups in urban slums that produce and distribute high quality, affordable menstrual hygiene products to increase adoption of safer menstrual hygiene management practices. We are creating a cultural revolution and generating local employment.
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Supported By:
Pradyumna Taneja
Simran Wadhwani
Raveena Shahpuri
Sanam Rawal
Sonali Gokal
Sonali Gokal

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