In this age of information overload, it is easy for important things to get lost in the noise. This is why we handpicked a few pieces of news, articles, blogs and essays that got our attention at GiveHer5. Here is your dose of curated period news to keep you aware, informed and up to date on the good, the bad and the bloody.
No temple for menstruating women
The Sabarimala temple turned down at least 10 women for being of menstruating age as it just opened to the public again. A look at the ages on the ID cards was all it took to prevent them from entering the hotly debated holy space. The temple reopened a few days after a bench of five judges in the Supreme Court referred the matter of women entering the temple as well as other issues to a larger bench.
Less than 20% menstruating girls & women in India use pads.
Period poverty in India is a harsh reality that we at GiveHer5 are familiar with. The barriers to adopting menstrual hygiene practices are three-fold: a lack of awareness, a lack of acceptance and a lack of access. This article highlights how the answer to putting an end to these barriers to ensure that all girls and women have access to menstrual hygiene lies in multi-stakeholder partnerships.
Originally published on the World Economic Forum, read the full article on The Print – https://theprint.in/health/less-than-20-per-cent-menstruating-girls-women-in-india-use-pads/317570/
Who is under scrutiny? A school in the UK for keeping tabs on children’s periods. Obviously they were reprimanded.
The Department of Education in Barking, UK have been informed of complaints that students were having their periods tracked against their will. The school denies these claims. Despite a previous visit from a regulating authority in April 2019, the complaints have come back saying the invasive practice is still being continued.
Read the full news article on Evening Standard to know more. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/private-school-faces-scrutiny-after-tracking-pupils-periods-a4295571.html
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It’s a long road to…workplace inclusivity when it comes to periods.
A survey conducted by the Initial Washroom Hygiene showed cause for concern due to its worrying findings. 2,000 office goers answered the survey. One-third of men in the workplace consider women speaking openly about periods as unprofessional behaviour. It was also noted that 48% of the women reported feeling uncomfortable discussing their pain with their bosses. Even more shocking, some women would rather not get up and change their tampons or other sanitary products, possibly to draw less attention to their movements. Add to this, nearly half of the survey responders who were women do not feel like comfortable removing a sanitary product so openly – for example from their draws or even be in a position of having to ask a colleague for a spare sanitary product. All of these numbers and feelings make us see red.
Read the full article on Marie Claire: https://www.marieclaire.com.au/men-think-unprofessional-to-discuss-periods-work
Toxic Shock Syndrome 101 for Parents
Your kids need to be told how to handle menstrual products like tampons and menstrual cups or they might find themselves suffering from Toxic Shock Syndrome. If you are planning to switch from pads to products that need to be inserted, your kids might not be aware of the urgency in changing these products regularly every 3-4 hours. Being lazy is not worth it when it can lead to symptoms like vomiting, diarrhoea, dizziness, sore throats and muscles, being in a confused state, redness in the vaginal region, eyes and mouth. If your child complains of these issues – take them to a doctor right away. Or better yet prevent this from ever happening by arming your children with crucial life-saving information.
Read the full article on Yahoo! Lifestyle – https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/teens-tampons-parents-know-toxic-155343130.html
Yes, periods are painful…but they teach us to listen to our body.
Read this account on how certain habits allowed her to feel less stressed when she prioritised her well being.
Read the full article on Thrive Global – https://thriveglobal.com/stories/how-my-painful-periods-taught-me-to-listen-to-my-body/
Beed – a district in Maharashtra where most women don’t bleed.
Recent news coming from a small district called Beed in Maharashtra has made us sit up and pay attention. Women cane-cutters who migrate to the sugar belt regions in West Maharashtra have spoken of their decisions to have hysterectomies – removal of the uterus in a bid to stop their periods. Why? So that they don’t miss even a single day of work. The contractors who hire the villagers draw up agreements that say both husband and wives are a unit and for every missed day, a fine of Rs. 500 will be cut from their earnings. The work lasts from October to March, and for most of these migrants, this is their only source of income as their villages like Beed are severely affected by drought. The contractors refuse to hire women who bleed as this causes them to slow down or not show up which is a big no-no – this leads to hefty fines which are a steep price to pay when the workers are only paid Rs. 250 for every tonne of cutting. Unsurprisingly the job is gruelling, taxing and completely unfair.
Read the full news article on The Hindu Business Line to know more. https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/economy/agri-business/why-half-the-women-in-maharashtras-beed-district-have-no-wombs/article26773974.ece