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The Period Conversation Project Redefines Workplace Dialogue

For far too long, periods have remained a hushed topic in the workplace, shrouded in discomfort and taboo. However, a groundbreaking initiative called The Period Conversation is striving to change that narrative by fostering open, honest discussions about menstruation and its realities. Traditionally, menstruation has been veiled in discretion and shame, evident even in the branding of period products. But with its modern, interactive campaign website, The Period Conversation heralds a new era of understanding, blending empowerment with education in a stylish presentation. This innovative project is the brainchild of design agency Nice and Serious, born out of its 'Nice Works' initiative, which encourages creative endeavors addressing significant societal issues. Partnering with the charity Bloody Good Period, the interactive platform features questions sourced from individuals who don't menstruate, answered by those who do, supplemented with insights from the charity. This format dismantles the taboo surrounding menstruation, providing valuable information in a visually engaging manner. Sadie Devane, Senior Art Director at Nice and Serious, reflects on the project's genesis, stating, "The Period Conversation started with a conversation within our team about the impact of menstrual cycles on our creative output and the challenges we faced in our professional lives." This dialogue spurred the creation of a resource aimed at initiating similar conversations in workplaces and beyond. The project's visuals intentionally adopt a gender-neutral tone, steering away from the stereotypical pink and red hues associated with period branding. Senior Designer Anna Barton explains, "We aimed for designs that are both bright and inviting yet soft and serious, mirroring the diverse conversations featured." The chosen color palette reflects the four phases of the menstrual cycle, while the graphic elements draw inspiration from the fluidity of period blood, fostering organic dialogue. Creating an inclusive campaign posed challenges, requiring rigorous testing to ensure accessibility across diverse audiences. "We prioritized inclusivity, particularly appealing to men, through language, visuals, and tone," shares Sadie. Anna Barton reflects on her pride in the project's impact, noting, "This is the most personal project I’ve worked on, turning a negative experience into something inventive." Echoing this sentiment, Sadie expresses hope that The Period Conversation will inspire companies to initiate similar dialogues, implement inclusive policies, and support employees, thereby advancing menstrual equity. Rachel Grocott, CEO at Bloody Good Period, underscores the importance of reducing period stigma, emphasizing that providing wider knowledge contributes to the collective goal of menstrual equity. The Period Conversation project stands as a beacon of progress, challenging societal norms, and paving the way for more inclusive workplaces where no one is disadvantaged because of their period.

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Breaking Taboos: Sibling Duo's Heartwarming Conversation about Menstruation Goes Viral

In many parts of India, discussing menstruation remains a taboo, particularly in the presence of male family members. However, a heartening Instagram video is challenging this longstanding norm. The video features a man sensitizing his 12-year-old brother about periods, sparking a conversation that's both empowering and crucial. The viral video unfolds with the older brother driving to pick up his younger sibling on his 12th birthday. Captioned with a poignant message advocating for educating boys about menstruation, the video sets a powerful tone for breaking societal barriers. As the birthday boy enters the car, his older brother initiates the dialogue by wishing him a happy birthday. Sensing the younger brother's unfamiliarity with the concept of 'periods,' the elder sibling dives into an informative discussion, delicately explaining the menstrual cycle and its associated experiences, including the pain and discomfort women often endure. The younger brother's surprise at this revelation shows the significance of such conversations. Furthermore, the older brother takes a proactive step by demonstrating how to purchase sanitary napkins, fostering a sense of responsibility and empathy in his sibling. The video culminates with a heartfelt message from the younger brother, expressing his commitment to ensuring the safety and comfort of women in his life—a testament to the positive impact of open communication and education. Netizens flooded the comments section with words of encouragement and admiration for the siblings' initiative. One user commended the older brother for raising a gentleman, while others echoed the need for more men to follow suit in normalizing discussions around menstruation. This viral video serves as an inspiration to individuals and families to break the silence and embrace dialogue about menstruation with empathy, kindness, and acceptance. To read the full article visit: Man Educates 12-Year-Old Brother About Periods In Viral Video, Internet Says 'Normalise This' (indiatimes.com)

Menstrual Hygiene: How hygienic is the Adolescent Girl?
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Menstrual Hygiene: How hygienic is the Adolescent Girl?

Menstruation and menstrual practices are still crowded by taboos and social restrictions resulting in adolescent girls remaining ignorant of the scientific facts and hygienic health practices.

Guidance on Menstrual Health and Hygiene
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Guidance on Menstrual Health and Hygiene

This guidance was developed for UNICEF WASH, Education, Health, and Gender specialists or focal points in country offices who are working with their partners to develop programmes related to menstrual health and hygiene (MHH).

Guidance on Menstrual Health and Hygiene
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Guidance on Menstrual Health and Hygiene

This guidance was developed for UNICEF WASH, Education, Health, and Gender specialists or focal points in country offices who are working with their partners to develop programmes related to menstrual health and hygiene (MHH).

Guidance on Menstrual Health and Hygiene
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Guidance on Menstrual Health and Hygiene

This guidance was developed for UNICEF WASH, Education, Health, and Gender specialists or focal points in country offices who are working with their partners to develop programmes related to menstrual health and hygiene (MHH).