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The Menstrupedia girl: Aditi Gupta is an Indian Author & the Co-founder of Menstrupedia: a fun engaging period guide for girls! She is trying to bust period myths & taboos through Comics.
In The Early Growing Epoch & The Origin of Menstrupedia
Aditi Gupta was born in Garhwa, Jharkhand. At a very premature age, the thought of her business jumped into her mind.
In the beginning, she had no inspiration for what she was experiencing as she had not explored the observable fact of menstruation yet. Her mother guided her & provided her the insights. Aditi authoritatively studied the topic of menstruation only when she was 15 y/o. Aditi’s family was conservative, she had to sleep in a separate area of the house, wash her clothes & not be allowed to touch a place of prayer. She was not also allowed to buy sanitary pads, thus had to use clothes for the sake of family respect. She was shocked and disappointed with the lack of consciousness & discussion around this topic. This proved out to be the inspiration of her business Menstrupedia.
While studying at the National Institute of Design as a Ford Foundation research scholar, she has conducted extensive research in understanding the scenario of menstrual unawareness in India and its impact on a girl’s life. She communicated to Doctors, young girls & women who deeply supported her to gather details.
In November 2012, she & her husband Tuhin Paul along with Rajat Mittal started Menstrupedia.
What is Menstrupedia?
- It is a website that puts out easy guides to menstruation, youth & wellbeing.
- Shatter the myths and misunderstandings surrounding menstruation, by delivering accessible, informative, and entertaining content about menstruation through different media.
- Effective educational tool for girls and schools using storytelling and sequential art for educating young girls about periods.
- Provides information on puberty & sexuality for pre-teens & teenagers.
Menstrupedia Comic is a complete guide on periods designed by the Menstrupedia team being used by more than 30 schools across India. The books are also being distributed in other countries like Nepal, South America, and Nigeria.
Gupta is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and made it to the Achiever’s list of Forbes India 30 under 30 in 2014 for her work towards breaking the taboo around menstruation. She is an International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) alumni. Her work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, CNBC, and BBC. She aspires to create a future where menstruation is not a taboo but a welcoming change in a girl’s life.
This comic has been incorporated into the study program of over 70 schools across India, used by 6,000 schools, 12 NGOs such as Protsahan, Munshi Jagannath Bhagwan Smriti Sansthan,Instincts, Kanha all among two Buddhists monasteries in Ladakh & 2,50,000 young women.
It has distributed information in 18 diverse countries. Menstrupedia has started quite a lot of campaigns in association with Whisper India such as Touch the Pickle Group in cooperation with numerous actresses like Shraddha Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra, Kalki Koechlin, Neha Dhupia, and Mandira Bedi.
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