For the very first time, I saw an open talk about 'menstruation' on our local TV Channel!
Talking about period or menstruation is not very common here. Not only in my country Bangladesh but in South Asia, it's still taboo to talk about it. We usually get to see some random advertisements for menstrual products but there was never enough talk or education about it.
No need to explain how this impact the menstrual and accessibility of the products. Not only that but it's related to mental health as well as other physical issues, so growing up without having enough knowledge and education about it is sure a threat.
But guess what?
For the very first time, today I saw some talk on TV/mainstream media about menstruation because of 'World menstrual hygiene day.'
I know it's temporary. People or media probably will forget about normalizing open talk about it after today. To be honest, I was quite surprised, overwhelmed, and a bit hesitant to hear about it. Yeah, my ears are not trained enough to listen to such talk. Think about what the men and other women are feeling about this.
But it's a good sign. This sure will open up some doors for us so we can talk about this inside our family.
You may be wondering, why I'm saying family rather than outside. It's because there are still many girls/teens who don't get any kind of information about period before but on their very day! It's hard to believe but it's true. So they don't have any access to anything, no info, no products; nothing. They don't talk about it, they feel shy to buy any menstrual products, and it's impacting negatively on their mental and physical health.
I hope this small step will make it a little easier for families to talk about the period.
On top of everything, one of our local companies installed some vending machines for menstrual products in different schools and university premises for easy access for us. This is something very new to us. It's such a great step.
More or less we have all gone through something related to the period, I guess. The world is progressing and it's giving me hope that we will be more considerate and thoughtful about menstruation and things related to it in the future.
Have a wonderful day, everyone.
These kinds of conversations are pretty routine over here. That is good though a small step in the right direction