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 across India, 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 menstruating people, let alone their non-menstruating 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 and sexual health and hygiene to the underprivileged population via talks at other organisations.
How we started:
In grade 10, our founders conducted a survey on taboo topics like that of LGBTQ+, feminism, and menstruation called “All Things Unsaid.” Although they 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:
Samara loves learning but only attends school to see her friends. In her free time, she enjoys dancing and writing (she projects unhealthily onto her characters). She finds comfort in reading and her only form of rebellion is wearing nail-polish during online class. She hopes to learn anything and everything she can in college. At REDefine, Samara is a writer and an editor.
Siya has the “best-est” jokes in the world. When Siya isn’t studying or planning (like a freak), she is dreaming of spending her time in Italy among fellow foodies. She plays the piano, enjoys Kathak, and has a knack for clicking eye-catching photos. She wants to pursue neuroscience at university. At REDefine, Siya is a graphic designer and a writer.
Tihara has the personality of a rainy day (absolutely perfect). She aspires to spend her days roaming around museums and historical sites, and lives more in an alternative reality than the real world. In the future, Tihara wants to dedicate herself to help people through science. At REDefine, she is a writer and the miscellaneous member who’s up for any job.
Yuvana personifies a cat. They depend heavily on chocolate and coconut water (don’t question it), and is, in a vain attempt, writing these extracts. In the time she can spare, Yuvana reads and writes whatever suits her fancy. He wishes to pursue either linguistics or medicine in the future. At REDefine, Yuvana is an editor and writer.