Aim: To sensitize the audience and spread period positivity.
The students were asked to write positive and empowering messages for girls who are going through their menstruation cycles. In this way the boys opened themselves to discussion about the issue.
Aim: To bring the personal experiences of students to light.
A box was set up in front of the school canteen to collect the students’ confessions. The students wrote about their personal experiences, misconceptions, and encounters that they underwent, or confessed any regrets on having passed negative comments on periods in the past.
Pitch the Product
Aim: To involve and discuss the ideas of the students regarding several menstrual products and creating awareness regarding unconventional means of period protection.
Students were divided into groups, and each group was given a prompt for a menstrual product with pros and cons mentioned. Their task was to successfully convince the rest of the people that their product was extremely beneficial and bring them to a point where they would consider buying the products using their exceptional marketing skills in a practical way.
Aim: To represent the idea of menstruation and its aspects through posters and spread awareness among the school students.
The students willing to give their contribution assembled in the Art room and showcased their creativity into posters which were put up at various places in the school premises. The posters highlighted the idea of hygiene, nutritional care, myths, social taboos and awareness about menstruation which everyone should know.
Colour the Logo
Aim: To inculcate knowledge about menstruation and its aspects among the minds of the students in a fun-filled and engaging manner.
Students were provided with blank logos which they coloured and decorated. They later wore them as badges too. They were also introduced to the cause and affiliated with the campaign.
Aim: Explaining menstruation-related terms to the students in order to expand their knowledge about the cause.
Students were made to play the Hang-Man game in teams with words related to menstruation. As a hint to each of the word, they were provided information about the terms they were introduced to. They enthusiastically involved themselves to the game while they got detailed knowledge regarding the subject.
Bowling Pins and Period Wins
Aim: To teach the children about various physical and mental side-effects of menstruation, and ways to tackle them through an interactive bowling session.
With bowling pins labeled with the numerous side-effects of menstruation like cramps and mood swings and the bowling balls labeled with the various ways to tackle them like warm liquids and iron supplements, the students took part in bowling. Before rolling the ball, each student was tested and asked to name one way to overcome the side-effects.
Envelopes of Positivit
Aim: To take a step forward to help make young girls comfortable with the notion of menstruation.
Positive messages about tackling menstruation, written by boys from 11th grade were distributed to girls in 8th grade. The messages were wrapped in colorful envelopes resembling sanitary napkin wrappers.
Making Turmeric Tea
Aim: To spread knowledge amongst students on how the medicinal properties of turmeric help fight discomfort experienced during periods.
A special recipe was followed to make Turmeric tea using several herbs like ginger, cinnamon and black pepper. Students were told how turmeric is vital in battling menstrual cramps, mood swings and sleep deprivation faced during periods.
Aim: To introduce students to menstruation-related terms through a crossword game.
A simple crossword was prepared using words pertaining to menstruation and hints were provided to allow the students to learn something new about menstrual-cycles.
Making Bead Bracelets
Aim: To make the students aware about the variation in menstrual flow.
The children were asked to bring 28 beads out of which 2-8 beads of red colour and the rest of different colour to make a bracelet. This is a creative activity which engages children and sensitized them about the different amount of red beads in the bracelet, clearly depicting the time period a women can have the menstrual flow for. The red colour symbolizes the number of days of menstruation and other beads representing the lunar cycle.
Aim: To encourage the students to learn more about menstrual health and hygiene in a fun, engaging and educational way.
Riddles were prepared to help the students guess the answers to the quiz. This allowed the students to learn more about terms related to menstruation.
Aim: To introduce the students to the campaign in the midst of Diwali celebrations.
Students were introduced to the cause and were asked to promote the campaign through their colorful rangolis on the occasion of Diwali. While some students recreated the 'Pravahkriti’ logo, others used their own creativity to make Rangolis related to menstrual health and hygiene.
Aim: To sensitise the students about the campaign on the occasion of Diwali.
Children were introduced to the cause and campaign and were asked to make lanterns on the occasion of Diwali for the same. The lantern symbolized the shedding of light on the various aspects and problems related to periods which were previously surrounded by darkness and were avoided. Through this activity we interacted with the students, sensitizing them toward the fact that menstrual problems need to be talked about and taboos need to be shelved away.
Aim: Engaging with outside audience, mustering support in order to make them aware about menstrual hygiene and positivity.
We interacted with the outside public, mustering support to make our audience aware about the need for the openness to talk about menstrual health and to break-free from the old, existing taboos. We placed a flex right in front of our stall in which people showed their support by signing and writing encouraging messages for us. we stand by to spreading our cause in a fun, creative and a very innovative manner.
Aim: Spreading positivity on menstruation and putting a stop to unnecessary taboos.
At the Noida stadium, a Pravahkriti stall stood strong wherein we were giving our positivity templates on period positivity in both English and Hindi dialects. We left some space and many folks came forward and wrote positive messages, gave their opinions and views. This was basically to catch the general idea of people and their thoughts for our campaign.
Paper Toss Game
Aim: To spread awareness about the cause through a fun game.
At the Pravahkriti stall at 'Shilpotsav', a game was set up for the crowds at the Mela to play. Several myths and taboos regarding menstruation were written down on pieces of paper and crumpled into balls. The players were asked to attempt to throw the paper balls into a bin. This symbolised the dismissal of stigma around periods. Anyone who got 5 or more paper balls in the bin was rewarded with a prize.
Aim: Students to exhibit their knowledge about the cause and craft skills in a fun-filled manner during the diwali week.
The artistic hands of the 8th graders participated in making bandhanvaars about menstrual health and hygiene. The bandhanvaars, enthusiastically made by the students, were put up in the classrooms as diwali decorations.
Aim: Educating the students about proper and hygienic menstrual practices in a symbolic and engaging manner.
Stepwise description of important period practices( eg: wearing and disposing sanitary pads) was symbolized on paper slips which were stuck on the steps of school staircases. All students could read the steps and expand their awareness about menstrual hygiene and practices.
Pin the Pad
Aim: To expand the knowledge of students about the necessity of proper nutritional requirements during menstruation through a fun game.
A paper with a red paint splash representing blood was put up at a particular place in the classroom. Students who participated in the game were blind-folded and made to stand away from the blood splash. They had to pin a paper-pad to the blood splash using direction hints which they got after answering a menstruation related question correctly. Students took part in the game with great enthusiasm and supplemented their knowledge about the cause.
The Uterus Pathway
Aim: To educate the students about the path of egg through reproductive system and biological processes that occur in the female body causing menstruation in a fun-filled way.
Maze game sheets were distributed to the students of class 9. The game was about finding the route of the egg in the reproductive system from its formation to it being expelled out from the body. Students expanded their knowledge about the biological significance of menstruation in a very interesting way.
Aim: Making our audience more open and understanding about what all a girl faces when she is menstruating.
Whoever the number 21 landed on were given a certain scenario and were asked to give forth their opinions. In some situations, the students were asked to react on how they could help. All students participated enthusiastically and many girls opened up to the guys on the number of problems they face during menstruation.
Aim: Testing the knowledge of students on the things that are used for and during a menstrual cycle and what is the purpose for the same.
The class was divided into two groups and one student who came forward was to draw the word given to them related to menstruation. The group was supposed to guess the item and the purpose of that item. The students were very interested and were very eager to help and know how can they make a girl feel better when she is already feeling uneasy.
Aim: To create an awareness about periods and the menstrual cycle.
A weekly painting competition was held where anyone could showcase their creativity in the form of art submissions to create awareness on periods and how it should not be considered as an issue to be shunned. All those wanting to submit their art pieces could either post them on @pravahkala – our Instagram page or email them on [email protected]. Every week all the best art pieces were selected to be posted on the AISN ‘Pravahkala’ wall.
Interview with Swiss Delegate
Aim: To compare the level of menstrual awareness between India and Switzerland.
Satyam, a core team member of Pravhkriti, conducted an interview with a Swiss exchange student named Felix. The interview brought into light the level of awareness Felix had about periods and how he had studied it in his Biology class. The discussion went on to highlight the fact that people were still uncomfortable having a discussion about periods. The interview also shows that Felix was appalled to learn that many women lack basic hygienic amenities related to menstrual hygiene. In the end of the video Felix appreciated the effort being taken by the AISN Youth Power members to create an awareness about menstrual hygiene.
Aim: To enable students to verbalize, their expectations from the society in order to eliminate stigma around menstruation.
On the occasion of Children's Day, students came forward to express their aspirations for India, in terms of menstruation and their vision for the society. They conveyed a strong message to the society to strive to make the world a better place for women.
Aim: To spread awareness about the cause through a fun and creative twist on the game of Jenga.
Facts about menstruation and empowering messages were written down on the Jenga blocks. Whenever each student pulled out a block, they had to read it out aloud for the class. The students learnt several new facts and terms related to menstruation. If a student caused the Jenga tower to fall, they were asked to give a minute long speech on menstruation. This helped spread general consciousness towards periods.
Aim: To expand the knowledge of students about different aspects of menstruation in an enthralling manner.
Students who wished to participate attempted a match the following sheet related to menstruation. The idea was to introduce them to terms they are unaware of and can grasp easily.
Aim: To share personal experiences of girls and boys with their peers and make them comfortably speak about menstruation.
The students of class 8 came up and confessed their personal experiences and mishaps they’ve been through during periods and how they dealt with them. Boys spoke up about times they helped a girl and what they feel about unnecessary myths and taboos existing in the society. The idea was to make children normally talk about menstruation and understand its significance as an important biological process.
Aim: To collectively teach the students about the nutritional requirements of the body during periods.
Find the words activity was played by the students where they had to look for menstruation related words in a grid. The words were basically food items which are highly recommended and one should intake during their menstrual cycle ( eg: spinach, broccoli, dark chocolate, warm fluids).
Aim: To enhance the knowledge of students about menstruation and make them understand its simple existence as a biological process which everyone should be familiar with.
Students had to mathematically calculate the average number of hours in which a women bleeds in a year and in her lifetime after being informed about the frequency of menstrual cycle and age specifications. Students were to compare the average number of hours a women bleeds to the number of hours spent on bathing by an average person in a year. The result came out to be that the hours of bleeding are 12 times the hours spent on bathing. It highlighted that menstruation is a very important process and should be treated normally, not as an unnatural process. The students displayed their mathematical skills while understanding the significance of menstruation as an essential biological process.
Good or Bad?
Aim: To help enhance the students knowledge about food intake during menstrual cycle through a captivating game.
Various food items were listed on pieces of paper some of which were bad for menstruating women and others which are recommended by doctors to help make periods bearable. The class was divided into 4 groups,and a representative from each group was asked to pick out a chit and place it under the right column- Good for periods or Bad for periods food. The students were then told how certain food helps tackle menstrual problems. In this way the students gathered valuable and practical knowledge.
Aim: To allow students to use their imagination to come up with solutions to tackle period problems with menstrual products.
The class was divided into groups and each group was assigned a menstrual product. Each group was given 10-15 minutes to prepare an advertisement promoting their product. In this process, the students offered creative solutions to various menstrual problems a woman might face, through the product advertisement.
Aim: To initiate a discussion and bring forth the students’ opinion on whether tampons are better or sanitary pads.
Dividing the class into two halves, with each team choosing their own stance, and starting a debate on whether it is better to use tampons or sanitary pads. Each team stated their own opinions, and thoroughly debated on factors concerning hygiene, infections, pain, discomfort, and social taboos.
Of Mood Swings and Other Theatrics
Aim: To engage students in a fun drama activity, and educate the students about Premenstrual Syndrome.
The students were given acting prompts, and were made to perform a skit depicting a girl with severe mood swings, right before her menstrual cycle starts. The students improvised the script and the dialogues, and enacted the scenarios.
Aim: To test the students’ knowledge of menstruation, after giving them hints for the terms and flashcards.
Students were given flashcards, with descriptions of the terms and pictograms, and were told to read them carefully. After giving them 10 minutes to read, they were tested about the new terminology using tricky questions.
Aim: To teach the kids about the various organs that can be affected during menstruation, through a fun game.
The rules of the game ‘Thumbs Up’ were introduced to the students, where seven children were selected to represent the seven organs affected by menstruation, and the rest of the students were made to keep their heads down and their thumbs up. The seven students went around and put down the thumbs of certain students, who were chosen at random. The students whose thumbs were put down were made to guess who put down their thumbs, with the help of clues given, as to how the organ was affected.
Aim: To install boxes of Newspaper sheets, cut into A4 size, in every girls’ washroom in the senior and middle wings, for safer and more hygienic disposal of used sanitary pads.
Cardboard boxes were taken and labelled with coloured paper, and filled with old newspapers.