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A wasp on a bed of yellow flowers
Merry Menarche - Puberty Ceremony
Sunrise on Bamburgh Beach
├×ingvellir National Park, Iceland
Natural Beauty
Two Sitting In Silence
Skipper
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The Norwegian Fjords
Chhaupadi- Menstruation Hut
THE BATHS: 1913/2019
Bloody Myths- Periods
Disabled Cat
Silenced by Society
Jeepney In the Camotes
 Lost Hopes
The Big One that got away
Indian Woman
Wedding Cake In Rome
Sleeping rescue kitten being hugged by a doll.
Sunset in Merzouga Desert, Morocco
Indian Woman
Reflecting
17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest
Bloody Myths- Periods

Women and young girls, all over the world, who menstruate, are often ostracised from basic activities, and are imposed with various dietary restrictions, social isolation. Cultural norms and religious taboos on menstruation are often compounded by traditional associations with evil spirits, shame and embarrassment surrounding sexual reproduction. The notions of impurity and pollution are also attached them. Such taboos are sustained on myths about menstruation and impact girls' and women's lifestyle, emotional, mental and physical health. The challenge of addressing these socio-cultural myths is further compounded by little or no knowledge about puberty, menstruation and reproductive health. It disempowers women, causing them to feel embarrassed about a normal biological process and robs them of their potential.

TAGS: Girl, India, Women

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Delhi, India
Member since 2016
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© Niraj Gera.
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Image Source: digital
Date Taken: 05.2019
Filed Under: People
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Date Uploaded: Nov. 23, 2019, 2:37 p.m.
Camera Make: NIKON CORPORATION
Camera Model: NIKON D750
Focal Length: 24mm
Shutter Speed: 1/59
Aperture: f5.6
ISO: ISO2000
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PHOTO LOCATION Delhi, India