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Support Women In North East With Eco-friendly Period Products

My name is Nitisha and I stand for the values of equity, inclusion and oneness for myself and others.

I got my first period at 13 and was using single use plastic pads for my period until the age of 27. I was horrified to know that the very first pad I used at the age of 13 is going to be on the planet for 800 years! I was still among the 36% privileged women who had access to a period product in India. I had the choice, information and support to shift from single-use plastic pads to an eco-friendly product, which is healthy for me and our planet. This 2nd Oct (Swachh Bharat Day) I want to take one step further to provide access to womxn in challenging communities of Dimapur and Kalimpong to also have this option.

'Green Period Project' is an initiative under my campaign #GreenTheSwitch to create awareness, access and action for menstruators to make the shift to an eco-friendly alternative for a cleaner, greener and healthier period.

The idea is to have a pledge system where menstruators from urban areas take up the aim to make the switch in 2020. For every pledge that the urban menstruator makes, a menstruators in a challenging/vulnerable community in the North East is provide the product of choice to them - reusable pads or menstrual cups. (You can take the pledge HERE)

The funds raised from this campaign will be used to provide training, support and products for 50 womxn from communities in the North East through community based organisations.

Reach - If 50 menstruators make the pledge and the switch this year, 50 menstruators from a marginalized community get a period product that'll support them for at least 5 years.

The total reach will be 100 menstruators who will be making the shift to an eco-friendly alternative while reducing a minimum of 2,40,000 less plastic bags being dumped in the landfills for the next 5 years. (Assuming 1 plastic sanitary pad = 4 plastic bags)

(The Math - 100 menstruators x 10 pads/menstruator x 12 months x 4 plastic bags x 5 years = 240000 plastic bags)

Partners:-

Our Young Voices - Community Partner, Dimapur
Maatri Disha - Community Partner, Kalimpong
Boondh.co - Content and Product Partner
EcoFemme - Product and Network Partner
Global Shapers Community, New Delhi Hub - Workshop and Outreach Partner

The project is being anchored by me under my initiative The Bloody Feminist. I am a Climate Reality Leader and YKA Action Network Fellow. An engineer by education, I have a work experience of over 7 years, with 5+ in the development sector.

Project Timeline:- October - December, 2020

Utilization of Funds:-

1. Product - 40,000
2. Training of trainers - 10,000
3. Training kits -  3,400
4. Community Sessions (Minimum 2/community) -  8,000
5. Travel - 8,000
6. Miscellaneous - 5,600

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The Challenge of Period Waste
The Challenge of Period Waste
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Conversation Article - Periods and Pandemic

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13th November 2020
Dear Friends,

We have raised over 50,000 INR and are closer to achieving our goal with only 30% to go. Yay! 

Thank you all for the contribution and the belief in us and the project. We couldn't have done this without each one of you donating, sharing and spreading the word!

I wanted to share 2 updates on the project with all of you;

1. We completed the Training of Trainers workshop which was led by Boondh Social Foundation. Our community champions Ritika (Maatri Disha) and Seku and Amulya (Our Young Voices) along with Sanskriti (Global Shapers Delhi) and me attended the sessions to equip ourselves with the necessary information on conducting the workshop, facilitating the baseline survey while connecting with the community and understanding the evaluation processes.


2. Ritika (based out of Kalimpong) conducted her first community workshop in the villages of Pabringtar and Sinjee with over 50 menstruators to set context on menstruation while creating a safe space for individuals to share their thoughts and challenges.

The project aims to not only provide access to information and products but also support the womxn in exploring/understanding autonomy and agency over their own bodies.


I will be sharing more updates on the workshop and the project as we move forward. In case you've not shared about the project on social media yet, it would be super helpful if you can find time for it. You can inspire more people to donate and support the initiative.

Thank you for making our Diwali full of light and love. :)

Sending best wishes for the festive season to each one of you!

Best,
Nitisha
Dear Friends,

We have raised over 50,000 INR and are closer to achieving our goal with only 30% to go. Yay! 

Thank you all for the contribution and the belief in us and the project. We couldn't have done this without each one of you donating, sharing and spreading the word!

I wanted to share 2 updates on the project with all of you;

1. We completed the Training of Trainers workshop which was led by Boondh Social Foundation. Our community champions Ritika (Maatri Disha) and Seku and Amulya (Our Young Voices) along with Sanskriti (Global Shapers Delhi) and me attended the sessions to equip ourselves with the necessary information on conducting the workshop, facilitating the baseline survey while connecting with the community and understanding the evaluation processes.


2. Ritika (based out of Kalimpong) conducted her first community workshop in the villages of Pabringtar and Sinjee with over 50 menstruators to set context on menstruation while creating a safe space for individuals to share their thoughts and challenges.

The project aims to not only provide access to information and products but also support the womxn in exploring/understanding autonomy and agency over their own bodies.


I will be sharing more updates on the workshop and the project as we move forward. In case you've not shared about the project on social media yet, it would be super helpful if you can find time for it. You can inspire more people to donate and support the initiative.

Thank you for making our Diwali full of light and love. :)

Sending best wishes for the festive season to each one of you!

Best,
Nitisha
19th October 2020
Dear Supporters,

It has been 2 weeks since I started this fundraiser and it is really heartening to receive the love and support from so many of you. We have successfully raised approximately 30% of our goal.  While we still have a long way to go, today, I wanted to thank each of you for the contribution and for believing in me. I am very grateful for your personal messages and feel fortunate to be a part of your network.

If you have not done it already, please do share the fundraiser in your social media - Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn to inspire other people in your network to contribute to this cause. (https://bit.ly/giftaperiod) 
You can also share WhatsApp messages in your close circles with the link - https://bit.ly/giftaperiod

Progress Made:
1. We have scheduled the training of trainers which will be completed by 8th November, 2020
2. We have initiated the outreach for the Green Period Project on social media. You can follow The Bloody Feminist on Facebook and Instagram to see the people behind the project.
3. We also have 19 menstruators who have pledged to #GreenTheSwitch by December 2020.
4. We have created a WhatsApp support group for the pledged participants to share information and support them in their journey of sustainable menstruation.
5. We have started work with the organisations to identify the design of sessions in the community.

In case you would like to be involved in any other way, please reach out to me on nitisha.pandey04@gmail.com or directly message me on Instagram @witsynitsy.

I will keep you updated on the project highlights as we move forward. Thank you once again for your trust and support. It means a lot!

Warm Regards,
Nitisha
Dear Supporters,

It has been 2 weeks since I started this fundraiser and it is really heartening to receive the love and support from so many of you. We have successfully raised approximately 30% of our goal.  While we still have a long way to go, today, I wanted to thank each of you for the contribution and for believing in me. I am very grateful for your personal messages and feel fortunate to be a part of your network.

If you have not done it already, please do share the fundraiser in your social media - Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn to inspire other people in your network to contribute to this cause. (https://bit.ly/giftaperiod) 
You can also share WhatsApp messages in your close circles with the link - https://bit.ly/giftaperiod

Progress Made:
1. We have scheduled the training of trainers which will be completed by 8th November, 2020
2. We have initiated the outreach for the Green Period Project on social media. You can follow The Bloody Feminist on Facebook and Instagram to see the people behind the project.
3. We also have 19 menstruators who have pledged to #GreenTheSwitch by December 2020.
4. We have created a WhatsApp support group for the pledged participants to share information and support them in their journey of sustainable menstruation.
5. We have started work with the organisations to identify the design of sessions in the community.

In case you would like to be involved in any other way, please reach out to me on nitisha.pandey04@gmail.com or directly message me on Instagram @witsynitsy.

I will keep you updated on the project highlights as we move forward. Thank you once again for your trust and support. It means a lot!

Warm Regards,
Nitisha
Rs.75,000 raised

Goal: Rs.75,000

1 Day to go

Beneficiary: Menstruators info_outline

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