July 20, 2019

Menstrual Hygiene Day Period Fest’ 19 & Pad Yatra: A celebration of Life itself!

Menstruation, a reality for almost half the population in the world and yet it is kept as a secret.
It is only with hesitation that one starts a discussion about it, if at all. This natural process in the female human body has been given many aliases since the word ‘period’ is associated with shame.
Understanding the challenges and limitations for girls/women that occur due to period being a taboo, a Delhi based NGO called Sachhi Saheli has taken upon itself to eliminate this shame. The NGO that has been working for 3 years on ground to spread awareness and education regarding the process of Menstruation organized a unique menstruation themed festival called the Period Fest’19 and Pad Yatra. With the message, “From Anxiety to Confidence, Education about Menstruation changes everything”, Sachhi Saheli brought the dialogue about periods out in the open. The awareness event took place in Central Park, Rajiv Chowk (New Delhi) from 10 AM to 4PM as approximately 8,000 people became a part of it.

The Fest was divided into various zones that aimed at providing all-round knowledge about period management, women health, sexual and reproductive health. A rally called the ‘Pad’-Yatra was taken out by school students along the inner circle called the ‘Pad’ Yatra to emphasize that silence must be broken around the topic of menstruation. The rally was flagged off by Hon’ble Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, Mr. Manish Sisodia and was joined by several others. With empowering slogans on pad-shaped placards, the students brought Connaught Place to life as they walked around the inner circle and performed acts during the rally.
While inside the fest, the different zones were abuzz with activity.
In the pad zone, the crowd were introduced to a variety of period management options by various sanitary supplies brands as the Health Zone (that was managed by Delhi Medical Association) experts answered queries related to PCOD, Menstruation etc. Representatives from NGO Haiyya through various interactive activities connected with the youth and the women as they dispensed important information on adolescent and sexual health.

The Artist Zone was thriving with numerous painters as who painted live for the masses and the Fun Zone engaged children as well as the adults with Period themed games and activities.
On the stage, the students of Delhi Government Schools, NDMC Schools and private schools (such as Amity School) performed with great vigor as they enthralled the crowd. The talented Asmita Theater Group too performed a thought-provoking street play for the audiences.

Speaking at the inaugural session, Mr. Manish Sisodia addressed the school students and said,” I would like to congratulate Dr. Surbhi Singh and her Team from Sachhi Saheli for making tremendous efforts to spread awareness regarding Menstruation. I urge each one of you to become brand ambassadors of this message to eradicate shame and silence around periods. You are here to today to bring change in the nation!

Guest of Honor for the day, Hon’ble Secretary,New Delhi Municipal Corporation, Mrs. Rashmi Singh, took the stage to talk to the crowd and said, “It is wonderful to have Sachhi Saheli bring this message to the center for everyone to get engaged. We must break the silence around periods and get educated on the topic.
Dr. Surbhi Singh, President of Sachhi Saheli also spoke to the audience and said,”It is important to remember that as girls and women we should never be ashamed of periods instead we should be proud! After her the students in the crowd chanted, “Hum Bolenge Muh Kholenge Tabhi Zamana Badlega.”

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