11 campaigns tackling the taboo of menstruation in India, one stigma at a time

There is no conversation on this subject without mention of this initiative. What Aditi Gupta started as a class project quickly turned into a full-fledged online guide with information on all things menstruation. And Menstrupedia has become an enjoyable, interactive and user-friendly website with colorful comics created from real life experiences and scenarios discussed by young girls and women around the world, especially in the Indian context. With her college classmate, and now her husband, Tuhin, Rajat Mittal and Dr. Mahadeo, Aditi raises awareness about menstruation and related bodily changes in girls, changes in boys during puberty and good dietary practices; wishing to break the silence that reigns around a common and natural bodily process. The Menstrupedia book is used to educate young girls across social classes and state lines about their own bodies, even seeing clients from various countries abroad. In the style of a comic book, the story is simple yet relatable. Over 1000 copies of the book have been sold since September 2014, with bulk orders from schools and NGOs, and it is now also available in Hindi, Gujarati and Marathi.

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