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MHM CHAACHI : Removing Stigma Around Menstruation

MHM CHAACHI : Removing Stigma Around Menstruation

State and Development Partner

Jharkhand, 

Transform Rural India Foundation

Shalini and her friends heard about Menstrual Health Management -MHM Chaachi boxes in her school yesterday and decided to drop their queries into the box. Shalini was a little hesitant to write her question at first, but because she knew no one would know it was her question she went ahead with it and dropped it into the box. Her friends usually shy away from talking about it with her.At home, she is asked to stay away from the kitchen or pickle jars when she is menstruating. So she was hoping a box like this could help her with her questions.

Turns out, lots of other girls dropped their questions into the box over the course of this month and the dicussion at the monthly meeting called Mahavari pe Charcha (Discussion on Menstruation) was rather helpful! Shalini learnt that menstruation is normal and that it should be openly talked about, Thanks to the anonymity this box provides, firls did not hesitate to ask all their doubts. The reading material and the comic books that were made available were very educational as well and helped Shalini and her friends open up about their experiences and clear their misconceptions. Girls understood the importance of menstrual hygiene and the steps they need to take to ensure they are healthy and clean during menstruation.

Unlike urban areas, in small towns and villages information around menstrual hygiene is not easily available adolescent girls. MHM Chaachi boxes make this informaiton available and also ensure every girl in the school has access to it by provideing anonymity and a safe space for girls to share their concerns. This has been very successful in Ranchi and has covered 113 schools so far.

Source : Stories of Change from India's Aspirational districts - NITI Aayog publication



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