Hoping For A BIG Change Post The Grand WIN at Oscars

Last few days, social media is brimming with posts, celebrations, and cheers for a Grand Win at Oscars. An Indian Short Documentary, about a very sensitive and hush topic about Menstruation, has been awarded Oscars at the 91st Academy Awards. Period-End of Sentence, directed by Iranian American director Rayka Zehtabchi, co-produced by Indian Film Producer Guneet Monga, who is also the producer of Masaan, Lunchbox, has now given a big reason to consider the topic, in dire need of attention.

It surely brings a big reason to cheer as the little documentary from India, directed by Women and most importantly about the topic, which is considered to be a taboo has made it BIG. The Film is an attempt to make menstruation, a taboo-free subject, which will help improve female health and hygiene as a whole.

The film is about the group of women in a small rural village in Hapur, Uttar Pradesh who learns to operate a machine that produces low cost bio-degradable sanitary pads that they sell to other women under the name of FLY. For years these women didn’t have access to Sanitary Pads which lead to severe health issues among females and girls missing school or dropping out entirely.

It’s a sad scenario to even think about it, that women have to deal with so much pain and inconvenience for a natural health condition. The plight of these women is unfathomable and in immediate need of attention. Due to the social stigma and age-old unfounded myths attached to the topic, the women and young girls are trapped in the web of ill health.

The silence and ignorance on this subject is the reason for the constant harming of the health and dignity of women. Thankfully with the rise in the awareness about the topic, the unscientific beliefs about the topic are being shuddered for the good reason. It is now been considered as a threat to health and people have begun to eradicate the pseudo notion.

The Big WIN of this movie will now accelerate the wheels in the right direction in radically bringing about a change and improving the lives of women. The Myths and Notions surrounding the topic is now going to die a slow death.

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Fareha Nousheen

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