I was challenged by @deepthi_sunaina to upload a picture holding a pad. But that's not the reason why I'm uploading this picture.
Arunachalam Muruganantham, a dropout, noticed his wife using rags-newspapers during her periods, so he made pads out of cotton but his wife & sisters refused to be the test subjects for his innovations.
He started testing on himself using a bladder with animal blood.
A man who didn't even finish his schooling went above and beyond to help women in his village with a basic necessity, but no woman volunteered. Not even his family members.
Women have been taught to keep our periods a secret and to literally put girls in isolation during their first period. But most important of all, PADS NEED TO BE KEPT UNSEEN. Not only men, but even women shy away from speaking about bleeding.
Period taboos are not only crazy, but also ridiculous.
#Padman was not afraid of these taboos and he tried helping people in ending the period taboos even when his own family ostracized him when he created a #sanitarynapkin
The way people have been shaming girls for posting pictures holding pads, the " Do you think you're a celebrity to do this? " are the reasons why I'm posting this.
How many of you feel weird to go to a medical store and buy sanitary napkins?
Or did you ever see a woman take her entire bag to the washroom? Ever wondered why she can't take a neatly wrapped pad with her?
#PadManChallenge is all about spreading awareness that people have to stop following the rules and restrictions created by myths. And people who are participating are trying to make a difference.
There are 530 million smart phone users in India and there are 201 million FB, 43 million Instagram accounts.Social media is the best way to reach out to people.
There's no rule book which says only " celebrities " are allowed to make a difference. Even if you create an impact on a single person, you're contributing.
So, spread awareness, break myths, challenge beliefs surrounding menstruation.
It will not only improve the quality of life for women, but also help them to keep themselves healthy and hygienic.
Also do read about #ReusableSanitaryPads :) Thank you! 🙏