Aditi Gupta grew up believing that her monthly menstrual periods were shameful incidents that made her impure, unclean. The shame she felt surrounding menstruation led to dangerous personal hygiene habits (hiding rags in damp, dark places; using improper sanitary methods) and a lack of confidence in herself and her right to better healthcare.
Three out of 10 girls in India don’t learn about periods before they hit puberty. And the numbers are even more striking where Aditi lives: 9 out of 10 girls in Rajasthan do not know what a period is when they get their first menses.
This culture of shame, silence, and myth compelled her to create Menstrupedia, a 90-page comic book introducing the concept of menstruation and the basics of female health to young girls in India.
Learn more about Menstrupedia here »