World Menstrual Hygiene Day: Social organizations fight taboos

The event was a part online platform School of (im)possible

Several social organizations recently came together to organize an event to educate underprivileged adolescent girls about menstrual hygiene on the occasion of World Menstrual Hygiene Day.

Light to Life organized the event in collaboration with Green ink, Creative Alliance for Youth Advancement (CAYA), and Youth Action For Social Development (YASD) at the EMK Centre in Dhaka. 

The aim of the event was to shine a spotlight on menstruation issues to fight taboos and prohibitions.

The event was a part online platform School of (im)possible, where teachers teach different art techniques and connect them to climate change and sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR). It is aimed at adolescents and youths aged 13-30 in the coastal belts of Bangladesh.

Around 50 people attended the event at the EMK centre, including 25 girls from different slums of Dhaka. The girls participated in quizzes and shared their thoughts and experiences after taking part in the initiative.

“I used to think I was impure and I didn’t know how to maintain hygiene or manage my period, as it is considered a taboo and no one really wanted to answer the questions I had. Now, I have a clear idea about this topic after attending this event,” said one of the participants.

Arun Theatre, an organization which works with underprivileged communities, collaborated on the event and performed a stage play named “Poriborton” to raise awareness of menstrual health issues. Prime Bank Eye Hospital provided free artificial tears for the participants.