TRL is cutting short it’s “I-have-a-request” option.
Instead, what we’re going to do for the next 50 days is a “cut-it-short-buddy” every other day.
Which means, I’m not going to give you prolonged posts about what-so-ever; all I’ll do is share a video or a couple of pictures regarding something specific, and leave you to do the thinking 🙂
No more spoon feeding. It’s high time you did your bit of research and put on your thinking caps, ain’t it?
So, today – it’s the “MEN”strual Man. Haha. Irony again.
In a country like India,
where people shy away from the very word of “Menstruation”,
where people think it is a sin to have periods,
where shopkeepers hand over tampons in newspapers,
where men feel embarrassed to buy their wives sanitary pads,
where people prevent girls from entering temples if they’re having their menses,
where girls are ridiculed for their stained skirts by sickening roadside men,
where “menstruation” is still considered a taboo,
where 23% girls drop out of school once they start menstruating,
where 70% women cannot afford a sanitary napkin,
where over 88% of the 355 million menstruating women still resort to unsanitised cloth, ashes and husk sand,
where about 70% of such women are prone to RTI (Reproductive Tract Infection);
a school dropout from a poor family in southern India has revolutionised menstrual health for rural women in developing countries by inventing a simple machine that they can use to make cheap sanitary pads.
That man is ARUNACHALAM MURUGANANTHAM.
Despite ending up on the verge of losing his family, his journey that started from the day he fashioned a sanitary pad out of cotton to impress his wife to the time he featured in Amit Virmani’s documentary “Menstrual Man” after inventing a machine that not only manufactures sanitary napkins but also creates employment for rural women, only accelerated.
An IIT entered his machine in a national innovation competition. He won! Out of 943 entries, he won. 🙂
And that’s how he shot to fame, this man, the son of a handloom worker.
It took Muruganantham 18 months to build 250 machines, which he took out to the poorest and most underdeveloped states in Northern India – the so-called BIMARU or “sick” states of Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh.
But slowly, village by village, there was cautious acceptance and over time the machines spread to 1,300 villages in 23 states.
“The ads on TV always show a girl in white pants. But they never talk of hygiene. That’s why I decided to react. Why wait till they are women? Why not empower girls?”, he says.
This is one video I found on TED Talk. Might help. 🙂
I’m also attaching the link to the award winning documentary by Amit Virani, which is titled what I titled my post today, THE MENSTRUAL MAN – hahaha –
You’ll have to pay 4 dollars for it, I suppose.
SORRY, I ain’t a rich kid. 😀