Men in Menstruation

Our initiative catalyzes a life change in men; it sensitizes men (and boys) to a biological phenomenon,menstruation. Many men and boys are nervous about menstruation, whether acknowledging it, speaking about it or comfortably buying menstrual products for the menstruators in their lives. Ironically the word “men” appears in the spelling of menstruation and it is here that the matter comes to a full stop. The subject is seen as women’s business, although connected to every man, through his grandmother, mother, sister, girl friend, wife, daughter,niece or aunt. Menstruation and needs around it receive little focus; the needs of those who menstruate remain unsaid and hence not understood. 

The initiative is done through workshop sessions and covers the following areas. 

  • (i)Changes in adolescents, that boys and girls experience : the content focuses on both menstruation in girls and  nightfall/nocturnal emission in boys.
  • (ii)It covers the science of menstruation, clears misconceptions and superstitions 
  • (iii)The sessions articulate why men need to be at the centre of menstruation 
  • (iv)It lays forward the role men can play in busting silence, myths and superstition 
  • (v)It lays out the responsibility men have in creating infrastructure (for example ensuing that there are well designed wash rooms both at home and in public spaces)

Empathy, the act of stitching a cloth pad and gifting it someone brings men closer to the women in their lives.

Jatan Sansthan has trainers, who are both male and female
Men involved in all aspects of menstruation, conversations, making pads and as facilitators.

Are we addressing the elephant in the room?