Marriage, Domestic Violence & Other Grey Shades

She walked in one day to the counselling center and asked for help. Though frail looking, her eyes shone with a rare courage, often seen in one who is determined to survive. She said that her husband had been beating her with two belts, accusing her of sleeping with other men and suspecting her of trying to poison…

Women’s safety: Restoring sanity

“I do not feel safe travelling in an auto.” “I do not feel safe walking past a dark street.” “I do not feel safe when construction workers look at me.” These statements were given in answer to the question “What are the situations where you feel unsafe?” As part of my work with Vanita Sahaya…

Girls, lets talk about it!

How can I ever talk about it? These are the opening lines that play on most women’s mind when it comes to even thinking about menstruation and all the embarrassing moments that surround it. All women, and I mean absolutely all women in India, have had one or the other moments during her period, especially…

Menstrual Hygiene is not about Sanitary Napkins

When I started the Menstrual Hygiene awareness initiative 3 years ago, I assumed the answer to menstrual hygiene was distributing Sanitary Napkins. So we got donors and napkins and gave them for free in rural government schools. And then, we ran out of donors. And then, a small voice in my head asked me why…

Why women won’t speak up…

In the many sessions that I have done on Menstrual Hygiene, the one thing which we always and  consciously did not bring up is the cultural and religious practices associated with it. Every individual has the right to follow a set of traditions and procedures which have been in place from time immemorial. And its…