Manish Sisodia, Deputy CM of Delhi, spoke at the inaugural National Menstruation Conclave and said that there is a need to sensitize boys about menstruation. He also spoke on the topic of awareness about menstrual hygiene and the role of education in dispelling Taboos. The conclave was organized by a Delhi-based NGO named Sacchi Saheli whose aim is the elimination of taboos around menstruation.
Manish Sisodia said, “It shows our lack of communication that a simple bodily function has become a taboo.”
He is totally spot on and there is no need to be hush about menstruation or treat it as something defiling. It is a normal and healthy bodily function of a woman. And the scorn or taboo around it has to do with unscientific drivel or some religious myths, which are totally unfounded and rooted in old feudal patriarchal culture. It is very important to address this issue in schools so as make students of both genders understand about it. And most importantly, for the boys to treat it as just a very normal and essential body functioning, not something to be frowned at, or made fun of. Or something that-must-not-be-named.
Busting myths and creating a women-friendly and conducive environment for learning is very important, which will go a long way in ensuring societal progress. We need more such campaigns in schools and sensitisation at a mass level.