Dignified menstruation means
having access to a choice of menstrual products
and the right to an experience which is free of stigma and shame
What we do
raising awareness about the problems faced by underprivileged school girls
assisting school girls with panties (undergarments) and sanitary towels and facilitate education on menstrual hygiene
breaking cultural taboos by getting people to talk about menstrual hygiene management
Period Matters: Writing and Art on Menstruation Experiences In South Asia
An anthology edited by Farah Ahamed
Published by: Pan Macmillan Publishing India
Introduction by Farah Ahamed
My anthology, Period Matters, is about the many different ways of looking at menstruation.
It includes poems, stories, testimonials, essays and interviews, as well as photographs and reproductions of art. Each contribution suggests a new way of thinking about menstruation.
Around the world, the conversation on menstruation is unfolding in different ways. In some countries, period products are being distributed for free, the tampon tax has been removed and women are using period tracking apps; in others countries, however, people are still struggling with the shame associated with menstruation.
Period Matters includes a wide range of perspectives, from the artist to the entrepreneur, from the academic to the student, from the policy-maker to the activist, from the poet to the street sweeper.
It invites readers to reflect and engage with the diversity of menstruation experiences.
A pathbreaking anthology on the diverse experiences of menstruation in South Asia.
Menstruation is a topic often buried in fear and shame. Its discussion is even taboo in many societies. But menstruation is a healthy and fundamental bodily process.
A worldwide effort is now firmly underway to bring conversations about menstruation and menstrual health into the open.
Period Matters carries this important endeavour forward. It brings together a breadth of perspectives from well-known figures as well as those whose voices are missing from the mainstream.
Essays, artwork, stories and poems from policymakers, entrepreneurs, artists, academics, activists, as well as interviews with those at the margins, such as the homeless and those living with disabilities, explore myriad aspects of how menstruation is experienced in South Asia.
A collection of breathtaking scope and significance, Period Matters illustrates with power, purpose and creativity both the variances and commonalities of menstruation.
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Menstruation is everyone's business. Period.
A panel discussion on the pervasive taboos surrounding menstruation, period poverty and feminine hygiene in South Asia today.
Ministry of Salt
In January 2020, Aaliyah Webber, aged 12, launched a social enterprise at school. The aim was to make Panties with Purpose sustainable.
Aaliyah experimented with several ideas and recipes until she hit on the concept of flavoured salt. She launched four flavours initially, and then added a few more. The cost of her product was 50/- and she sold it for 100/-. All profits went to buying underpants for girls in poverty.
The concept was a huge success and she sold over 300 bottles in three weeks. Some of the flavours include garlic, ginger & lemon, chilli and mixed herbs
The social business is called Ministry of Salt.
Social Enterprise Award
Watch Aaliyah Webber (aged 12) making a presentation for the Youth Leadership and Entrepreneurship Award 2019