Opening Up the Conversation about Women’s Health in India

Opening Up the Conversation about Women’s Health in India

Location:
Udaipur, India
GESI Team:
Jematia Chepyator, Vivien Hastings, Kamila Muhammad
Partner:
Foundation for Sustainable Development
Development Sectors:
Women's Empowerment; Health
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Summer 2015

Project Background

In Udaipur, the GESI team worked with Jatan Sansthan, a grassroots NGO that focuses on the empowerment of youth and women. Jatan stipulated that the organization needed more research in the area of menstrual health as part of their UGER initiative. UGER currently employs community women to stitch and sell reusable cloth sanitary pads. The team gathered information about the slum community surrounding the UGER center in order to understand the menstrual health practices, community knowledge of menstruation, and how cultural myths and taboos affect daily life. The research highlighted a need and desire for greater community awareness of menstrual health education as well as a lack of knowledge about the UGER center within their community.

Along with the local NGO, the GESI team decided to create educational workshops that would work as a first step to continued community partnership with the center and would encourage women to discuss menstruation and other health topics at the UGER center. They drafted a list of international and local NGOs working with menstrual health and conducted a research survey of 100 women in local slum community that was then analyzed, compiled and drafted into graphs and a synopsis. The team also created a menstrual health curriculum, assisted with training the UGER employed women to give workshops on menstrual health, and edited the curriculum based on community reception.