Workshop educates children on menstrual hygiene and includes discussions on sex education
Indian social worker Shaunak Chakraborty, founder of the Noble Work Foundation, organized a highly successful menstrual hygiene workshop on May 28, 2023, to commemorate Menstrual Hygiene Day. The workshop, held at the Institute of Psychological and Educational Research (IPER), received support from Sana Wasim Ahmed, representing We The Change, an NGO dedicated to promoting menstrual hygiene.
The event, which aimed to raise awareness and empower children above the age of 8, including teenagers, proved to be a significant step towards breaking the stigma surrounding menstruation.
Shaunak Chakraborty’s dedication to menstrual hygiene and education was evident throughout the workshop.
Participants were provided with Menstrupedia Comics, available in both Bengali and English, which served as valuable resources for understanding menstrual hygiene. To further enhance the learning experience, an animated video on menstrual hygiene was shown to the attendees.
In addition to focusing on menstrual hygiene, Shaunak Chakraborty recognized the importance of comprehensive education. The workshop also addressed the topic of sex education, aiming to provide participants with a holistic understanding of reproductive health.
During the workshop, Sana Wasim Ahmed and Shaunak Chakraborty engaged in interactive sessions with teenage girls, discussing their personal experiences with their first periods. This open dialogue allowed the participants to gain insights into various strategies for overcoming challenges associated with menstruation.
The workshop proved to be a groundbreaking initiative in promoting menstrual hygiene and comprehensive education among children and teenagers. Shaunak Chakraborty’s efforts, in collaboration with Sana Wasim Ahmed and We The Change, are expected to have a lasting impact on breaking taboos and empowering future generations with knowledge and confidence surrounding menstruation and reproductive health.
As the workshop concluded, the participants expressed their gratitude towards the organizers for creating a safe space to discuss such crucial topics, fostering an atmosphere of inclusivity and understanding. The success of this workshop highlights the importance of continued efforts towards menstrual hygiene education and the need to prioritize comprehensive sex education in society.