[adkingpro type="header" rotate="true" speed="5000" changespeed="600" effect="fade"]

Photos: India’s ‘Menstrual Man’ coming to Vancouver

Published: March 5, 2014

3

Picture 1 of 12

ALMAS MEHERALLY
VANCOUVER DESI

Menstrual Man

‘Menstrual Man’ is a film based on the life of Arunachalam Muruganantham, an Indian visionary empowering rural women.

Meet Arunachalam Muruganathan – an unlikely Indian hero called the ‘Menstrual Man’, who is empowering rural women.

What has he done? He is dealing with menstruation and hygiene problems faced by Indian rural women, a taboo topic for most men.

When Muruganantham, a school dropout, realized that his wife was using unhygienic cloth instead of sanitary napkins, he set out on a journey to make life easier and hygiene affordable for women in villages.

But he could not find volunteers to help him as women had reservations to discuss this problem. He experimented using football bladder and goat blood and the whole village even thought he had a sexual disease.

During his research, he found that only 7 percent of women in India, and only 2 percent out of those from rural areas, used sanitary napkins, which are mostly expensive.

He then came up with an affordable machine for village women to make their own hygienic sanitary napkins and even sell them, empowering them in the process and making them entrepreneurs in their own right.

Once mocked and made a pariah in his own community, he is now acknowledged as a visionary and ‘Menstrual Man‘ is a film on his life story made by Amit Virmani.

‘Menstrual Man’ underscores the importance of empowering women to combat poverty, and the power in every individual to make a difference.

DocuAsia is screening the film in Vancouver on March 12 and 14 at the SFU Harbour Centre and Kwantlen Richmond Campus respectively.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,





Featured

Facebook Game of 72

Vancouver police warns young people about Facebook challenge Game of 72

IAN AUSTIN VANCOUVER DESI Vancouver police are warning impressionable kids about the potentially serious consequences of a new Facebook challenge called Game of 72. Facebook…
Continue Reading »

Vancouver-Surrey-Desi

B.C. govt. seeks forfeiture of Vancouver homes allegedly used by Sanghera group for crimes

KEITH FRASER VANCOUVER DESI The B.C. government wants to seize three Vancouver homes it says have been used by the Sanghera crime group as a…
Continue Reading »

Bollywood-hit-and-run

Bollywood actor Salman Khan sentenced to 5 years in jail in 2002 hit-and-run death case

RAJANISH KAKADE THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MUMBAI, India — One of India’s biggest and most popular movie stars, Salman Khan, was sentenced to five years in…
Continue Reading »

LOCAL NEWS

Facebook Game of 72

Vancouver police warns young people about Facebook challenge Game of 72

IAN AUSTIN VANCOUVER DESI Vancouver police are warning impressionable kids about the potentially serious consequences of a new Facebook challenge called Game of 72. Facebook…
Continue Reading »

Vancouver-Surrey-Desi

B.C. govt. seeks forfeiture of Vancouver homes allegedly used by Sanghera group for crimes

KEITH FRASER VANCOUVER DESI The B.C. government wants to seize three Vancouver homes it says have been used by the Sanghera crime group as a…
Continue Reading »

100 year journey

Naranjan Singh Mahal voted for the NDP in the 50’s election “since they were the only party fighting for our rights”

SPECIAL TO VANCOUVER DESI Naranjan Singh Mahal “I came over with my dad in 1931 when I was 14. I went to school for a…
Continue Reading »

Don't Miss...

100 year journey

Naranjan Singh Mahal voted for the NDP in the 50’s election “since they were the only party fighting for our rights”

SPECIAL TO VANCOUVER DESI Naranjan Singh Mahal “I came over with my dad in 1931 when I was 14. I went to school for a…
Continue Reading »

100 year journey

Mahindar Kaur Berar was “exposed to a blend of both Canadian and Indian culture” while growing up in Victoria

SPECIAL TO VANCOUVER DESI Mahindar Kaur Berar says that while she was growing up in Victoria during the 1940s and 1950s, most of her family’s…
Continue Reading »

DEDAR SAHOTA

Punjab’s Dedar Sihota was B.C.’s first Indo-Canadian teacher

SPECIAL TO VANCOUVER DESI Dedar S. Sihota When Dedar Sihota emigrated from Punjab to Canada with his family in 1936 at the age of 12,…
Continue Reading »

Surrey MP-desi politician

NDP demands 100 new cops for Surrey now

TOM ZYTARUK SURREY NOW SURREY — Federal New Democrats are demanding immediate approval of 100 new police officers for Surrey from the Conservative government. Jinny…
Continue Reading »

Michelle Harlington put an ad on Craigslist offering $200, beer and cab fare to any band that would come to her home and wake up the offending South Surrey neighbours. Gerry Kahrmann, The Province

Desperate Surrey mom makes Craigslist plea for band to get back at noisy neighbours

IAN AUSTIN VANCOUVER DESI A Morgan Creek mom’s Craigslist plea for some quiet revenge is creating a lot of noise online. Frustrated (like many of…
Continue Reading »


Bollywood Latest

Bollywood-hit-and-run

Bollywood actor Salman Khan sentenced to 5 years in jail in 2002 hit-and-run death case

RAJANISH KAKADE THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MUMBAI, India — One of India’s biggest and most popular movie stars, Salman Khan, was sentenced to five years in…
Continue Reading »

Bollywood

Priyanka Chopra’s journey from the girl next door to Bollywood bombshell

Priyanka Chopra ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 50 DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – DECEMBER 08: Actress Priyanka Chopra poses during a portrait session…
Continue Reading »

desi boobs

Gallery: Bollywood celebrity shots this week

Sunny Leone ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 106 Twitter VANCOUVER DESI Bollywood’s growing love for selfies is self evident. More and more celebrity…
Continue Reading »