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Building aWareness of HuMan
            Biology

            The counselling programme for young boys and
            girls is tailored keeping in mind the curious,
            adolescent mind. Gamification is used in the
            counselling sessions to create a safe and judgement-
            free space for young girls to discuss menstruation
            openly. The team believes that a safe familial
            and social environment for MHM is possible only
            when discussion around menstruation engages all
            genders, and especially includes adolescent boys
            and adult men.
                The MHM team conducts dedicated counselling
            sessions that facilitate a dialogue with adolescent
            boys (Class 8 upwards) on normalising puberty, male
            biology, female biology including menstruation. The
            intent is to create an enabling environment within
            the family to manage menstruation effectively.
            Similar biology lessons have been incorporated
            in the women and men counselling sessions to
            normalise conversations around puberty and the
            biology of human reproduction.                    blood and women. This helps introduce the topic
                                                              of menstruation or periods.
            BanisHing MyTHs & TaBoos                              Such an activity helps break taboos related

            The MHM programme relies on gamification to       to talking openly about menstruation. It also
            break the taboo of discussing menstruation openly   opens up conversations that eventually dispel
            and to encourage young girls and women to share   myths and common misconceptions, such as
            their personal experiences. Take for instance,    ‘period blood is impure’.
            the red-dot activity. This activity is designed for
            adolescent girls; participants are given red paint   engaging WiTH sCHools
            colour and a piece of paper. Participants are asked   The Tata Trusts engages with relevant
            to make a red colour dot at the centre of the paper   stakeholders at the village and district level
            and each is asked to rub the folded piece of paper   schools, such as teachers, principals, education
            together and share what they see or feel like, after   officers, etc., and seeks permissions to engage
            opening it again. Responses that mention blood are   with school-going girls for MHM awareness. With
            used to pivot the dialogue towards the connection of  these stakeholders’ support, sessions on MHM



               safe space

        7      A strong sisterhood of 300-strong sakhis (means companion, a term used to denote community
               resource persons) drive the MHM programme. These sakhis are entrusted with the task of taking the
               menstruation message to village communities, as well as schools. The sakhis also provide women and
               adolescent girls with a safe space to share their menstrual journey stories.



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