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A mission to abolish menstruation taboos

New Delhi, Jan 14 (UNI) With the message of ‘No Curse, No Taboo’, a Pune-based NGO has started an awareness programme on menstrual hygiene in schools, colleges, orphanages, slums, villages and communities across the length and breadth of this country.
Dr Geeta Bora, the founder of Spherule Foundation, states that the aim of this initiative is to bring a deep-rooted sustainable change in people's lives by creating an equal, just and sustainable society in India. Still a majority of female population is devoid of basic facilities to maintain menstrual hygiene and is considered as taboo, disease, sin, curse or a secret by larger portion of the society.
“We have found that girls in our society mostly hear negative and outdated information riddled with myths about menstruation from their taboo, disease, sin, curse or a secret family, friends and relatives. They don’t even know that menstruation is a biological and natural process as a result they also start believing myths and practice restricting customs imposed upon them,” said Ms Bora who had worked in USA for nine years as software engineer but has left job and started this NGO.
Besides creating awareness among masses, the organisation is also providing sanitary napkins in slum areas and remote areas in the country to meet the goal from every corner of the society. “We want a future where menstruation is not taboo but a welcome transition into womanhood for girls and they refuse to be treated as less capable, weaker, dirty or impure. It's high time we speak openly about menstruation in India, we truly need to quash its taboos one at a time, added Geeta, who also authored a book titled ‘Moon Time’ that will aware young girls who are just keeping their steps in puberty or already reached to that age about menstrual hygiene.
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