B-town’s very own "Pad Man" Akshay Kumar and actor-social activist Shabana Azmi became an integral part of Menstrual Awareness Conclave inaugural in Delhi.
Men should also have a dialogue on periods.
Both of them are emphasizing that women should be educated on menstrual hygiene as well as men should be involved to spread awareness about periods.
An excerpt from the conclave discussion, "The glass is half full and half empty. Certainly from 1990s to the Niine Movement, the very idea that men can talk about having set of sanitary napkins along with Rakhi is revolutionary. I got to know that 70 percent of rural women suffer from infection as they use cloth and recycle it. They would wash it but would not hang it out in sun to dry because it's a matter of shame.”
"So they would dry under the mattresses of the cot. This would lead to inevitable diseases. Even in 21st century, Indian women didn't have a patch of sunlight for themselves. That hit me so hard.
Shabana Azmi said, "Akshay Kumar and his producer wife Twinkle Khanna had the courage to make the film on menstrual hygiene and that was an important win. It is not possible that we take this initiative forward unless we involve men."
The actress was an essential part of 'Loss Fertility in Females' panel at Niine Movement's "Menstrual Awareness Conclave" to benchmark International Menstrual Hygiene Day on last Monday.
The Niine movement, an ambitious five-year plan aimed at raising awareness about the importance of menstrual hygiene and tackling the taboos associated with menstruation, has been officially launched at the inaugural conclave to mark Menstrual Hygiene Day.
People who joined hands with Shabana were Delhi MP Meenakshi Lekhi, UN India MCO Deputy Representative Nishtha Satyam, WaterAid India's Director Programme and Policy Avinash Kumar and Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India President Jaideep Malhotra on the crucial panel.
Akshay said, "This phrase is for every man as after hearing this phrase, I made 'Pad Man'. I read somewhere that 'Never mess with someone who bleeds five days a month but does not die and that's the power of a woman'."
"Pad Man" was written and directed by R. Balki and the movie was based on Twinkle Khanna’s short story "The Sanitary Man of Sacred Land" from her book "The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad". This is taken from the real life of Arunachalam Muruganantham who is a social activist from Tamil Nadu, the person behind low-cost sanitary pads. Follow our Bollywood Magazine For Latest Bollywood News and Gossips.