Getting Down to “Lady Business”
On account of National Girl Child Day, Pratisandhi in collaboration with Deepalya NGO, facilitated a workshop on Menstruation and Puberty in Kakrola, Dwarka with seventy girls between the ages of 14-20 years.
The workshop kickstarted with an activity to understand the various phases of life faced by an individual and how their body responds to these phases physically and emotionally. The discussion was then narrowed down to understanding the challenges faced by a teenager in their everyday life.
The girls were encouraged to learn and talk about their vulvas and not just their uteruses while acquainting themselves with their reproductive anatomy and understanding that everyone can be different “down there” as well. Various aspects of puberty, ranging from environmental factors such as gender roles; emotional factors such as body image and desires for independence, and especially physical and biological changes such as changes in body structure and skin.
The primary focus of the workshop revolved around understanding the various facets of menstruation and menstrual hygiene along with how to use sanitary products and their proper disposal. The session also covered vaginal discharge and what it means.
Finally, the students engaged in role-play activities to tackle issues such as peer pressure, consent, and communication. The end of the workshop was marked by a distribution of sanitary napkins to each girl to encourage them to be unashamed of menstruation in their life!