Menstrual Hygiene Day 2021: Celebrities And Netizens Join Red Dot Challenge To Raise Awareness About Menstrual Hygiene

Menstrual Hygiene Day 2021: Celebrities And Netizens Join Red Dot Challenge To Raise Awareness About Menstrual Hygiene

Red Dot Challenge, a social media campaign initiated by Post For Change, a non-profit organisation in partnership with UNICEF India aims to spread the message of menstrual hygiene
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Menstrual Hygiene Day 2021: Celebrities And Netizens Join Red Dot Challenge To Raise Awareness About Menstrual HygieneMenstrual Hygiene Day aims to promote good menstrual health and hygiene (MHH) for all women and girls
Highlights
  • Menstrual Hygiene Day is marked on May 28 every year
  • Red Dot Challenge, an annual campaign, raises awareness about menstruation
  • The campaign involves sharing a black and white photo with red dot on palm

New Delhi: Every month, 1.8 billion people across the world menstruate. Millions of these girls, women, transgender men and non-binary persons are unable to manage their menstrual cycle in a dignified, healthy way, states UNICEF. “Even in the best of times, gender inequality, discriminatory social norms, cultural taboos, poverty and lack of basic services often cause menstrual health and hygiene (MHH) needs to go unmet. In emergencies, these deprivations can be exacerbated. The result is far-reaching negative impacts on the lives of those who menstruate, including restricting mobility, freedom and choices; reducing participation in school, work and community life; compromising safety; and causing stress and anxiety”, states UNICEF’s brief on mitigating the impacts of COVID-19 and menstrual health and hygiene.

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As per UNICEF, reduced accessibility of MHH supplies due to a reduction in available income and mobility restrictions leading to an increase in vulnerability of menstruators to those control resources, which may lead to negative coping strategies, ranging from the use of alternative, home-made MHH supplies which may cause reproductive infections to sexual exploitation in an effort to access menstrual products. In an attempt to raise awareness about the importance of menstrual hygiene, every year Post For Change, a non-profit organisation that uses social media to tackle important social and global matters related to the UN Sustainable Development Goal on Gender Equality partners with UNICEF India around Menstrual Hygiene Day celebrated on May 28. Together, the two organisations initiate ‘Red Dot Challenge’, a social media campaign to spread the message of menstrual hygiene.

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In a run-up to Menstrual Hygiene Day, #RedDotChallenge 2021 was initiated on May 25 with the first post by Dipa Khosla, Founder, Post For Change. With a mask on her face and a red dot on her palm, Ms Khosla posted her black and white picture and shared the details of the campaign in the caption. She wrote, “Each year we work with India’s greatest influencers who help to show the power of influence and spread the message even further. While this year is no different, our team acknowledges that the pandemic had made this year much harder on all of our communities. Therefore our #reddotchallenge aims to respect this by doing twofold: raising awareness about the importance of menstrual hygiene, as well continuing to take care of ourselves and others by curbing the spread of COVID-19.”

Ms Khosla urged netizens to join the challenge and take a stand so that girls around the world no longer feel ashamed about their menstrual cycle. To participate, one needs to take a black and white photo of them in a mask and place a red dot on their palm.

“We can make a change together”, said Ms Khosla.

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Celebrities And Netizens Join The #RedDotChallenge

TV actor Jennifer Winget is the first celebrity to join the #RedDotChallenge this year. Pledging her support to the campaign, Ms Winget shared her picture on Instagram and wrote, “Times are tough, Use your voice, Period!”

Entrepreneur Ankita Bansal too joined the bandwagon and shared an anecdote from an all-women’s panel where the issue of menstruation, a natural cycle, was raised by a woman. Ms Bansal wrote, “A woman said, “We are not scared of the blood that is shed by warriors but we worry about the blood that comes out of a woman’s body as a natural phenomenon.” This stayed with me. It has made me further wonder and question so many societal constructs we’ve been made to believe as our reality, things I usually anyway also go around challenging.”

Ms Bansal further said that it’s time to be difficult and be more vocal about issues that are termed ‘unfit’ as public conversations. Ms Bansal urged to not be ashamed of menstruation and wrote, “I will be safe and I will not be shamed.”

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Indian Fashion Blogger Masoom Minawala Mehta also lent her support to the campaign and asked people to embrace the menstrual cycle as ‘it is what makes us, us.’ Sharing her picture on social media, Ms Mehta wrote, “If there is one thing that COVID has taught us, it is that we all have that golden touch of humanity alive, let’s keep it thriving and shining. Let’s not shame, bring down or ridicule – our period. Period!”

Joining the campaign, Air India Captain Zoya Agarwal urged people to come together and raise their voices “so that women around the world no longer feel ashamed about their menstrual cycles.”

Actor Megha Gupta made a similar appeal and asked people to use their voices in these tough times.

Digital creator Maia Sethna Malhotra too decided to take a stand “so that women around the world no longer feel ashamed about their menstrual cycles.”

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An Instagram user questioned the practice of wrapping a pack of sanitary napkins in a black plastic bag or newspapers. The user wrote, “I am proud of what a woman’s body is capable of. We need to get rid of the stigma around periods.”

Another user called out the problem of poor menstrual hygiene and said, “The intention is to get rid of this uncomfortable state and to take care of yourself with proper hygiene during menstruation.”

Here Are Some More Posts By Netizens Supporting The Campaign

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NDTV – Dettol Banega Swasth India campaign is an extension of the five-year-old Banega Swachh India initiative helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. It aims to spread awareness about critical health issues facing the country. In wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (WaterSanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign highlights the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children to prevent maternal and child mortality, fight malnutrition, stunting, wasting, anaemia and disease prevention through vaccines. Importance of programmes like Public Distribution System (PDS), Mid-day Meal Scheme, POSHAN Abhiyan and the role of Aganwadis and ASHA workers are also covered. Only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and become a Swasth or healthy India. The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene

World

19,89,21,889Cases
6,44,02,340Active
13,02,83,678Recovered
42,35,871Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 194 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 19,89,21,889 and 42,35,871 have died; 6,44,02,340 are active cases and 13,02,83,678 have recovered as on August 3, 2021 at 3:55 am.

India

3,17,26,507 30,549Cases
4,04,9588,760Active
3,08,96,354 38,887Recovered
4,25,195 422Deaths
In India, there are 3,17,26,507 confirmed cases including 4,25,195 deaths. The number of active cases is 4,04,958 and 3,08,96,354 have recovered as on August 3, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

63,15,063 4,869

78,700 3,650

61,03,325 8,429

1,33,038 90

Kerala

34,25,473 13,984

1,65,834 2,057

32,42,684 15,923

16,955 118

Karnataka

29,08,284 1,285

24,045 123

28,47,627 1,383

36,612 25

Tamil Nadu

25,63,544 1,957

20,385 139

25,09,029 2,068

34,130 28

Andhra Pradesh

19,70,008 1,546

20,582 437

19,36,016 1,968

13,410 15

Uttar Pradesh

17,08,500 24

646 18

16,85,091 42

22,763

West Bengal

15,29,295 575

10,803 171

15,00,331 734

18,161 12

Delhi

14,36,401 51

538 44

14,10,809 95

25,054

Chhattisgarh

10,02,458 236

1,918 1

9,87,012 234

13,528 3

Odisha

9,79,737 1,032

13,318 820

9,60,386 1,785

6,033 67

Rajasthan

9,53,704 16

241 9

9,44,509 25

8,954

Gujarat

8,24,922 22

251 3

8,14,595 25

10,076

Madhya Pradesh

7,91,862 17

132 7

7,81,217 10

10,513

Haryana

7,69,956 14

703 12

7,59,614 25

9,639 1

Bihar

7,24,917 37

401 34

7,14,872 71

9,644

Telangana

6,45,997 591

8,819 54

6,33,371 643

3,807 2

Punjab

5,99,162 32

473 31

5,82,395 63

16,294

Assam

5,68,257 1,275

12,429 213

5,50,534 1,469

5,294 19

Jharkhand

3,47,223 23

239 15

3,41,855 38

5,129

Uttarakhand

3,42,198 37

574 35

3,34,261 71

7,363 1

Jammu And Kashmir

3,21,725 118

1,254 43

3,16,090 73

4,381 2

Himachal Pradesh

2,06,369 208

1,304 75

2,01,543 132

3,522 1

Goa

1,71,295 90

1,027 16

1,67,118 72

3,150 2

Puducherry

1,21,059 54

944 38

1,18,320 92

1,795

Manipur

99,872 541

9,814 591

88,480 1,120

1,578 12

Tripura

79,026 304

3,104 12

75,167 292

755

Meghalaya

65,939 350

5,843 200

58,987 537

1,109 13

Chandigarh

61,960 6

33 3

61,116 3

811

Arunachal Pradesh

48,565 305

3,508 167

44,823 469

234 3

Mizoram

40,111 748

12,316 127

27,642 618

153 3

Nagaland

28,004 59

1,300 44

26,130 99

574 4

Sikkim

26,880 126

3,323 131

23,211 256

346 1

Ladakh

20,345 5

57 0

20,081 5

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,650

15 9

10,631 9

4

Lakshadweep

10,207 12

79 4

10,078 8

50

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,539

6 1

7,404 1

129

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