New Delhi: The Hornbill Festival, renowned as the ‘Festival of Festivals,’ transcends cultural boundaries in a spectacular showcase of Naga traditions blended with innovative initiatives. Durex’s The Birds and Bees Talk (TBBT), in collaboration with Plan India, continues its role as the official Health Partner for the festival, focusing on sexual health, risk behavior, gender equality, and diversity. Targeting over four million youths across six North Eastern states, the TBBT program marked its transformative journey in 2022, reaching over 71 million individuals and reinforcing its commitment to health awareness, education, and empowerment within Nagaland’s vibrant communities.
At the Hornbill Festival, TBBT creatively engaged attendees through various initiatives such as ‘face paintings with tattoos,’ a ‘360 video booth,’ and the interactive ‘Run To Learn’ game center. A standout feature was the art installation titled “5 Ethos of Growing Up,” emphasizing ‘Inclusion, Protection, Consent, Equity, and Awareness.’
TBBT actively participated in a Graffiti Competition, encouraging artistic expression among young adults. Additionally, a painting competition themed “Express the vibrant colors of adolescence” celebrated creativity and provided a platform for talented artists to inspire the youth.
In a virtual marathon-style game, the ‘Run To Learn’ center educated participants on key principles—Inclusion, Awareness, Consent, Equity, and Protection. Exciting giveaways, including books and Bird and Bee-themed hair bands, were distributed to empower attendees with information on sexual health and diversity.
To broaden the initiative’s reach, Reckitt unveiled a rap album featuring North-Eastern artists G’nie, Sudarshan Rai, A Hosea, and Moko Koza. The rap songs focused on awareness, inclusion, equity, and consent, providing a unique and engaging way to educate the youth through music.
Impact and Testimonials:
The collaboration with the Hornbill Festival aligns with Reckitt’s commitment to a cleaner and healthier world. Gaurav Jain, Senior Vice President, South Asia, Reckitt, emphasized the partnership’s significance, actively engaging with the vibrant youth in the North-East and contributing to a healthier and more sustainable future.
Acknowledging the partnership, Temjin Imna Along, Minister of Tourism and Higher Education, Nagaland, expressed eagerness for a long-lasting collaboration, envisioning a future that is both healthier and happier for the youth of Nagaland.
Director of Tourism, Nagaland, Keduosieu Metha, highlighted the collaboration’s alignment with the festival’s values, emphasizing principles such as consent, equity, protection, inclusion, and awareness. The partnership is expected to enrich the festival’s purpose and foster a more unified and socially conscious community spirit.
In closing, Mohammed Asif, Executive Director, Plan India, expressed gratitude for the unwavering support of the Department of Tourism, Nagaland, as The Birds and Bees Talk enters its fourth year of empowering adolescents and young adults through holistic education, knowledge, and resources.
Durex The Birds and Bees Talk made a lasting impact at the Hornbill Festival, contributing significantly to cultural enrichment and community development. The collaborative effort with the festival, coupled with innovative and engaging initiatives, underscores a commitment to holistic health education, fostering a healthier and more informed generation.
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