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Making Young Girls and Boys Aware of Reproductive and Sexual Health, Child Marriage, Violence and Trafficking

 

Sruti Kumari and Divya Bhanjani have taken initiative to fight stigma and social taboos related to the menstrual of teens in the slums in Berhampur city. They both have started a campaign among the adolescent and youth in the city to sensitize on issues related to the menstrual hygiene, related stigma, and also fighting for access to menstrual products, sanitation infrastructure, public services, status of women and girls in society and gender parity.

 

They both volunteered to spare their summer vacation by sensitizing adolescent girls and boys in 10 slums but they have decided to engage themselves and other adolescent leaders throughout the year. They started their action in April’ 2019 by just talking to young girls and boys on related issues to their health, education, and skill development in three slums i.e. Raghupati Nagar, Gramdevati Street and Jagabandhu Street in Berhampur.

 

They already have a road map to sensitize more than 100 adolescent girls in 10 slums on menstrual hygiene, fight stigma, access to sanitation infrastructure and products, and provide them life skills, making them go back to schools and college and link to develop their skill for livelihood and develop leadership skills and above all for gender parity society. They also engaged with the ASHA, ANM and Anganwadi Workers in these localities to improve service delivery to the adolescents.