It is not uncommon to find adolescent girls, especially from rural schools remaining absent from a week up to a month, owing to menstruation. Often, parents themselves do not know how to handle the physical and emotional development of their adolescent girls, particularly menstruation. As a result, often after a girl attains puberty, she is forced to stay at home and miss school during her periods. In many cases, parents stop sending their girls to school. This is one of the reasons why we find fewer girls in high schools than in primary school. Since girls are not properly educated about menstruation, it ends up causing fear, confusion, and anxiety. Unclean menstrual hygiene practices also cause infections.
As we visited schools and interacted with girls, we felt the need to come up with an interesting and simpler way of spreading the awareness. Thus evolved the idea of Mythri as an animated video which the girls would be comfortable watching, and would have all the information and lessons we learnt to help others impart awareness.
While the questions came from the children, the answers were sought from reputed doctors and from the book on menstrual hygiene published by the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM).
The menstrual hygiene awareness program aims to encourage hygienic practices during menstruation, to address myths & misconceptions and to enable adolescent girls to speak about menstrual issues without inhibition. This project was initiated with the intention of finding effective ways to impart awareness to adolescent girls about Menstrual Hygiene. It focuses on reaching out to adolescent girls to spread awareness on Menstrual Hygiene, address basic questions, myths and misconceptions, maintaining personal hygiene and the biological aspects through an animated video made for the same.