This short film follows the lives of several young Indian girls in early 2014, and the challenges they face to overcome the stigma and taboo associated with the natural biological process of menstruation.
Widespread ignorance of menstrual hygiene negatively impacts the well-being of adolescent girls and women, and contributes to their marginalisation. One of the taboos that stand in the way of women's equality is lack of access to safe, hygienic and private menstruation.
This lack of access has major societal consequences in places like India, where up to a quarter of girls drop out of school when they reach puberty in part because they do not have access to sanitary pads and schools lack private or gender-segregated toilets.
The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) is working to break the silence around menstrual hygiene, promote safe and hygienic management, and encourage safe disposal options.
Find out more about how WSSCC breaks the silence on menstrual hygiene for women and girls in Asia and Africa on the WSSCC website: http://www.wsscc.org/
Become an MHM Ambassador and spread the message about menstrual hygiene on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #BreakTheSilence.
This film was produced by United Nations Television for the programme "UN in Action".