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The Story of Cloth and the Impact on the Environment..

The Story of Cloth and the Impact on the Environment..

The  environmental  disaster  around menstruation  right  in  our  midst,  in  the  cities.  Allowing  this  same scenario  to  repeat  itself  in  the  villages,  will be  something  all  of  us working  on  this  issue,  will  have  to  be  accountable  for  in  times  to come.

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A call of nature that becomes a trauma

A call of nature that becomes a trauma

The unbearable trauma we can sense in the words of Shalu, Farzana, and thousands of nameless girls; the desperation, shame, unhealthy practices, compulsion, and painful silence that seems to be an inevitable outcome...

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The Journey from Just a Piece of Cloth to ‘MY Pad’

The Journey from Just a Piece of Cloth to ‘MY Pad’

Cloth is a basic need of a woman as is her self-respect and dignity. It is this symbiotic relationship between the two that calls for, “Not just a piece of cloth”. So Goonj started with the simple activity — of making a clean cotton cloth available...

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Indirect and invisible dimensions of menstruation

Indirect and invisible dimensions of menstruation

This deeply taboo issue has many impacts, which are still not part of the bigger discourse. This story touches upon some dimensions of how menstruation can be a monthly disaster for women...

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Veracity and effects of various sanitary pads available in the market

Veracity and effects of various sanitary pads available in the market

Today, a discussion and debate is raging about the veracity and effects of the various sanitary pads available in the cities and in the villages of India. One thing is clear that many people still have doubts...

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My Mother said so…!!

My Mother said so…!!

A nice breezy evening under the moon light with two torches. We were discussing about menstruation openly, frankly and loudly!!!!
I walked through the narrow lanes, climbed up the staircase and reached a small terrace in a slum where a lot of people involved in sex work live … There were no street lights but the big fat moon was shining above in its majesty.

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Realities of menstruation and drought

Realities of menstruation and drought

“कोई कोई एक कपड़ा चार बार इस्तेमाल करे है, कोई दस बार.” (some of us use one cloth 4 times while others use it 10 times). Another woman said, “माहवारी समस्या लगती है. अपनी समस्या किस्से कहे, अपने मर्द से भी नहीं कहे सकतें. जब कपड़ा गंधा भी मिल जाता है. धो कर सुखा लेते है माहवारी के लिए.” (Menstruation seems like a problem.

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Voices from the field; Tribal women speak up about NJPC & menses

Voices from the field; Tribal women speak up about NJPC & menses

“Even today at times of emergency while working in the field or when cloth is not available we use leaves from local Sal Trees.” The women of Koi tribe, Sugapada village of Daringbadi block, Odisha recently spoke to Goonj about their challenges around menstruation. Popularly called the Kashmir of Odisha; the Daringbadi block is surrounded by valleys,

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Smiling Rajasthani Women and Some Menstrual Stories

Smiling Rajasthani Women and Some Menstrual Stories

A group of women clad in the graceful traditional Rajasthani attire walked into Goonj’s Delhi processing center, it was a sight to behold. Their simple yet elegant disposition effortlessly attracted us. These women had travelled all the way from Barmer, Rajasthan along with Care India team to see Goonj’s work, especially our menstrual hygiene initiative NJPC,

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When girls from Miranda House college Delhi, spoke on menses!!

When girls from Miranda House college Delhi, spoke on menses!!

A girl from Miranda College, Delhi University said, “I have never bought a pad by myself.” You may find it strange but it’s true and unfortunately she was not the only one in the room saying the same thing.. Another girl in the room said “When I first came to study at the college from another town my mother gave me four packs of Pads,

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