Updated: October 1, 2016 3:10:18 pm
Over 10,000 free tickets were distributed to the winners of the Global Citizen Festival’s India edition but if you were not one of them, don’t lose heart. Four more opportunities to win tickets still lie ahead. While the first action was all about sustainable development and signing petitions for proper sanitary facilities on Indian highways, the second action journey will focus on clean water and sanitation issues that are of vital importance in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals — menstrual hygiene, open defecation and faecal sludge management.
One of the benchmarks of the second action journey is that Global Citizens have been asked to click a picture with a menstrual hygiene product.
“I’m not embarrassed to talk about a bloody nose, so why would I be embarrassed to talk about periods? #BooToTaboo,” read the mission statement, which is aimed to break the stigma around menstruating women.
“When people talk about menstrual hygiene, they become very uncomfortable and if you don’t start the conversation you never understand its challenges and complications. So this is really the starting point to engage people in a healthy conversation… to spread the belief it is absolutely normal and healthy process so there’s no need to develop a tension. 80% women in our country do not use sanitary napkins and that’s a huge health hazard. We are overwhelmed with the response,” said Bhavya Bishnoi, spokesperson of Global Citizen India to The Indian Express.com
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