I still remember the day I got my period. I was in the sixth grade and I came back home to a stained underwear. I remember being so scared that I locked myself up in the bathroom and cried.
I cried because I didn’t know what was happening. While each woman’s menstrual experience is unique, there definitely are aspects which we can prepare young girls for; and that’s what I hoped to achieve. Knowing about our bodies and the changes we go through can relieve us of the stress we’re likely to face when something unexpected happens.
I’m glad I approached CRY. To my surprise, Tanya had already started a program with a similar end goal. Thus, I must begin by thanking Menstrupedia for providing us with the most amazing video.
I must also thank UCB for making my vision of providing good quality cotton pads possible. As mentioned earlier, most women are still using cloth during their periods. Thus, it was important for me to give them a safer, yet familiar alternative.
Finally, I must thank the CRY JMC team for coming onboard and giving it their very best. The relentless effort put in by these 16 girls has set an example for the rest of us.
Devika Chopra, Facilitator