New Delhi: “Let’s not only educate, but also provide a sustainable model for good menstrual management”, says 20-year-old Manushi Chhillar, who is on a mission to spread awareness about menstrual hygiene. The newly crowned Miss World and a doctor in the making launched ‘Feminine Hygiene Awareness’ global tour as part of her pilot ‘Project Shakti’ on February 1 from Hyderabad. As part of the awareness programme, Miss World 2017 Manushi, who hails from Haryana, will be covering different Indian cities and continents.
Talking about the global tour, Manushi posted a picture on a social media platform and captioned it as, “Landed in Hyderabad! Finally after weeks of planning we will be starting the tour for my #beautywithapurpose project on Menstrual Hygiene. So excited to be reunited with my #MissWorld sisters! Let’s not only educate, but also provide a sustainable model for good menstrual management.”
Telangana government in collaboration with Manushi organised a mega event to kick start feminine hygiene awareness global tour. Several people from around the world gathered under one roof to discuss the issue of menstruation, how to break the taboos associated with menstruation and raise awareness about feminine hygiene.
Manushi along with seven other Miss World’s will be travelling to seven Indian cities and to continents of other Miss World title holders.
She notified about the start of the event through another post on her social media account which read as, “And the miss world #beauty with a purpose tour begins today. I feel elated and excited as my project on menstrual hygiene is being supported by the Miss World organisation and we have started it in my home country India! Had a great time speaking to the students and how they can also help propagate the message. Thank you Telangana for the support.”
During the event, Manushi talked at length about her pet Project Shakti through which she is spreading awareness about menstrual hygiene in rural areas of the country. She is educating women about the importance of using sanitary napkin. Along with this, she is providing low-cost sanitary napkins to women residing in rural areas of the country. She has already covered 20 villages in India, and with this event her aim is to accelerate the reach of Project Shakti.
Manushi emphasised the need for collective efforts and urged multiple stakeholders including children to come forward and work towards the cause.
After Hyderabad, the next stop is Kolkata. Here is what Manushi has to say, “Goodbye Hyderabad! Thank you for such a wonderful time. Next stop Kolkata! Very excited to be taking the feminine hygiene awareness program into the direction of education, awareness and “innovation”.