What is REDefine?
“REDefine” is a student led, non-profit menstrual health campaign and movement aimed at promoting menstrual and sexual health and hygiene amongst the underprivileged population in the NCR, through talks at various government schools and NGOs.
Our name has to do with our mission of “redefining” the state of menstruation in our society. You may have guessed already, but the emphasis on “red” comes from the colour of blood. There is little to none awareness about these basic topics to most girls and women, let alone their male counterparts. There is a big stigma attached to the topic, talking about menstruation in public is rather ‘hush.’ We aim to stop that stigma by spreading awareness of menstrual hygiene and health to the underprivileged population via talks at other NGOs.
How we started:
In grade 10, a group of us conducted a survey on taboo topics like that of LGBTQ+, feminism and menstruation called “All Things Unsaid.” Although we rarely encountered stigmatised remarks around periods and pads, the results of the survey showcased a palpable silence around menstruation. When asked about why pads are sold in black packets in India, one user said it was to prevent the spread of AIDS, cancer, and arthritis. This lack of understanding and awareness was what led to the birth of this campaign.
Meet the team:
Jhanvi Natarajan hopes to become a pharmacologist, she is extroverted, super talkative, and loves to dance. She enjoys beaches, hiking, fashion, skincare and on most days prefers dogs and chocolate over everything else. When she isn’t watching random movies and videos on YouTube and Netflix she enjoys the occasional game of Monopoly or Cluedo and laughing at just about everything.
Pranavi Jamwal wants to study political science in college and hopefully help people by working in the public sector in the future. Her favourite pastime is watching movies and shows and she believes that questioning the beliefs and morals that have been ingrained into us is the only way for society, as a whole, to move forward.
Ritika Khosla is planning to study biology and psychology. Not only is she a talented dancer, but she also has a varied music taste and enjoys listening to music while free dancing by herself in her room. One of her favourite pastimes is watching horror movies and making puns and jokes that make others around her groan.
Meher Shivie Choudhry
Meher Shivie Choudhry is an amazing singer who hopes to become a doctor, she is fond of reading books- fiction in particular. She enjoys playing the ukulele and detests combing her hair.
Anshika Gupta is planning to study business management and English literature. She likes listening to music and staying up all night to watch the sunrise. She enjoys rainy weather, painting, sketching in photography and loves spending time with friends and family.
Tara Palchaudhuri is the editor for all our articles and posts on this blog. She is planning to study biochemistry and go into public health. When she isn’t studying or editing, she spends her days listening to music, painting and playing the piano and wishing she could learn to animate.