Menstrual Awareness at Higher Altitude of Garhwal's Haldwani

Menstrual Awareness at Higher Altitude of Garhwal's Haldwani

Pinkishe Foundation



The majestic peaks of the Garhwal Himalayas stood witness to a hidden torment. Young girls like Rani and Seema walked with a shadow, a monthly burden that cast a heavy veil of humiliation and isolation. Forced to sleep on the cold floor, ostracized from shared meals, and silenced around men, their periods weren't a natural cycle, but a badge of shame, a secret whispered only in stolen glances.

But the isolation did more than sting. It festered, seeping into their hearts and minds, weaving a web of anxiety and self-doubt. The whispers they heard weren't just cruel, they were insidious, eroding their self-esteem, planting seeds of fear and worthlessness. The shame they were made to bear became a suffocating burden, leaving them gasping for normalcy, for acceptance.

This wasn't just Rani and Seema's battle. Countless girls in the hidden corners of their community silently battled the same unseen enemy. The hushed giggles at school, the mothers shrouded in secrecy, all painted a picture of something deeply wrong, something to be feared and shunned. This silence gnawed at their mental health, turning periods from a natural process into a psychological prison.


Upon hearing the poignant tales of silent suffering, Upasana was stirred into action, realizing the profound challenges faced by girls like Rani and Seema. Determined to break the shackles of outdated norms, she initiated individual counselling sessions, providing a safe and supportive space for the girls to express their emotions and concerns. Not stopping at words, Upasana expanded her efforts to educate other children within the community, fostering a collective understanding and empathy for the struggles surrounding menstrual health. Her transformative approach went beyond mere communication.

Upasana's commitment extended further as she organized tailored educational sessions, creating a camp atmosphere where taboo topics were openly discussed. Through community dialogues, she started challenging entrenched beliefs and debunked myths surrounding menstruation. These efforts aimed not only at empowering Rani, Seema, and their peers with knowledge about menstrual health and hygiene but also at fostering a supportive atmosphere within the entire community. Upasana's multifaceted approach, encompassing counselling, education, and community engagement, has become a beacon of change, breaking the silence and ushering in a new era of understanding and empowerment.


Once burdened by the archaic tradition of sleeping on the floor during menstruation, Rani & Seems found their spirits soaring with newfound liberation through Upasana's empowering words. Her sessions were not just an unravelling of taboos; it was a magical odyssey towards knowledge and self-discovery.

Beyond the emotional and cultural shifts, tangible changes have started taking root. Access to information about menstrual health and hygiene practices is becoming a powerful tool, not only for Rani and Seema but for the entire community. Health outcomes are beginning to see improvements as a result of this newfound awareness.

The intervention has initiated conversations within families. We found Mothers, daughters, and grandmothers engaging in discussions that transcended generations. The once-veiled topic of menstruation is slowly becoming an open dialogue, fostering stronger bonds and understanding among family members.   

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