India has the world’s highest number of 10 to 24-year-old female population with an estimate of 356 million. Around half of these females are adolescents, who reside in rural areas are unable to play or rather leave their house during their menstruation. They are also not allowed to go to the schools in those days. This not only affects their education but also their future opportunities. These problems caused many issues such as child marriage and therefore early pregnancy. Educating adolescent girls brings substantial returns including faster economic growth, reduced child marriage, delayed pregnancy, increased well-being, and fostering democracy.
Our Menstrual Hygiene tournament has played a vital role in combating the problems girls face on a daily basis particularly about menstruation and understanding about it amongst girls, mother, and boys. On this occasion of Menstrual Hygiene day, we organized workshops at various locations such as Koradi, Dipti Signal (Pardi), Khaparkheda which was concluded with 2nd edition of Menstrual Hygiene cup tournament on 28th May 2019 at Slum Soccer Academy Bokhara Nagpur.
(A fun-filled Football tournament including boys and girls to kick myths and taboos around menstruation and support each other during menstruation).
In the workshop mothers also played football games which made them aware about menstruation cycle and periods was health Race (to make them aware about healthy diet), No More Limits (to help them to break all taboos and barriers), Two Leg Race (to teach them togetherness and make them realize that together we can bring change).
On the 28th May 2019, we organized the 2nd edition of Menstrual Hygiene Cup Football Tournament aimed at spreading awareness about periods and make them feel comfortable to speak about periods without any hesitation. To make this tournament equal and competitive we made it little interesting by having at least 2 boys in each team. We believe that girls, as well as boys, should have the information and knowledge about menstruation/Myths/taboos. It allows us to change the perception of the community towards girls and their problems.
A total of 8 teams competed in the league cum knockout tournament. Each team played 3 matches out of which 2 teams were qualified for the final; Koradi and Dipti Signal. During the final match, the girls showcased togetherness to kick out taboos and myths and promote gender equal society.
Following the final match closing ceremony was organized to appreciate everyone’s hard work and participation in the presence of 5 guests of honor. The final trophy was clinched by Koradi 2-0.
“I am very happy to see girls playing football some even barefoot, their dedication and passion will definitely help change the perception of society” Dr. Kalpana Jadhav