What we do in sessions
Founded in 2013, the Red Spot is an inclusive initiative that empowers adolescent girls through activity based workshops on understanding and revaluing menstruation as a clean and natural biological process. Our goal is to strengthen young minds to be critical towards popular social stigma against women during their menstruation- prompting discussions about self-worth issues, to provide inputs for informed decision making while choosing Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) products and to break the silence against menstruation.
- Preparing pre teens for menstruation
- Educating young girls and women about menstruation, flow management and related practices
- Helping young men to understand menstruation and be empathetic and supportive of menstruating women
Workshop Structure- The strength of our workshops is the interactive way in which we disseminate information. Through art, games, puppet shows and storytelling, we discuss and bust myths related to menstrual hygiene practices, while creating a safe space for the participants to freely share, discuss and ask questions about menstruation. During our workshops we work together with participants to make sure they understand the basic anatomy of menstruation, we discuss how society’s beliefs of menstruation affects the way women view themselves, and we provide information on menstrual flow management options available in general, and in the participants’ local market, to help them take informed decisions when choosing their products.
In our sessions with males, we stick to a shorter time period, with the entire focus on building an understanding about menstruation and creating empathy in them for menstruating women.
Pad Distribution- We have partnered with EcoFemme, a Pondicherry based cloth pad making organization, which donates reusable cloth pads for sessions conducted with underprivileged adolescent beneficiaries. At the end of the session, we offer our beneficiaries an option to receive a pack of 4 EcoFemme pads, after educating them on the use and maintenance of the pads.