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‘Pad Man’ is a film based on the inspiring life story of Arunchalam Muruganatham, an Indian man who revolutionized the concept of menstrual hygiene by manufacturing low-cost sanitary napkins in India, upon learning that his wife used filthy rags and newspapers during her periods. The film explores many important aspects such as gender stereotypes and challenges the social stigma around menstruation.Speaking at the event, UNFPA Sri Lanka Representative, Ms. Ritsu Nacken said; “The social stigma associated with menstruation can undermine gender equality. By having open dialogues about menstruation we can promote healthy attitudes and safer practices in hygiene and sanitation. It is important to recognize that menstruation matters not only to women and girls, but also to men and boys. Including men and boys in conversations about menstruation will help create normalcy and foster a safe and supportive environment for women and girls”. Identifying the need to increase awareness on menstrual hygiene and to break the stigma around menstruation, UNFPA in Sri Lanka marked Menstrual Hygiene Day by running a quiz competition on its social media channels. Winners received passes to watch the Bollywood film ‘Pad Man’, at a special screening held on 28 May 2018, a UNFPA statement said. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is looking to break the stigma in Sri Lanka on menstruation.Menstruation, colloquially known as ‘periods’, is a normal biological process. However, it remains a globally stigmatized issue, and many are reluctant to speak up about it. As a result the world comes together on 28 May, every year, to mark Menstrual Hygiene Day – to raise awareness on the challenges women and girls face due to menstruation, and to highlight solutions to address these challenges. At the event, over 100 young people also had the opportunity to learn about three eco-friendly menstrual hygienic products: 1) Candra – a reusable undergarment manufactured by Sri Lankan apparel company Hela Clothing, 2) Me Luna – Menstrual Cups produced in Germany, and 3) Momiji Natural – a reusable cloth-based sanitary napkin locally produced by a female Japanese entrepreneur. (Colombo Gazette) According to a UNICEF and WaterAid study, 60% of parents in Sri Lanka do not allow their daughters to go to school during their period, and 80% of teachers think that bathing should be avoided during menstruation. Such taboos and misinformation affect the menstrual hygiene of women and girls, and undermine gender equality. It leads to discrimination, causing women and girls to miss out on their education, work and other opportunities in life. read more


Members of the Ohio State women’s volleyball team attempt to make a play on the ball in a game against Rutgers on Nov. 8 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-0.Credit: Molly TavolettiAfter losing its last two matches, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team is looking to complete a clean sweep against Iowa (13-14, 5-11) at St. John Arena on Wednesday.No. 20 OSU (18-10, 9-7) went into Iowa City, Iowa, in October and swept the Hawkeyes (25-19, 25-17, 25-22), and Iowa is just 5-8 since that match.Under first-year coach Bond Shymansky, Iowa started its first 20 games with a 9-11 record, starting the Big Ten season 1-8. It was also swept in its first six Big Ten contests of the season.But OSU senior setter Taylor Sherwin said the team have to be aware of every team’s abilities.“We go into every single match having respect for opponents, no matter their level of play,” Sherwin said. “I think we need to respect them as if they were Penn State.”The Nittany Lions are the defending Division I NCAA Women’s Volleyball Champions.But since Iowa’s 9-11, 1-8 start to this season, the Hawkeyes have since gone 4-3 and have a ranked win on their resume coming against then-No. 12 Purdue. While the Buckeyes will be the Hawkeyes’ fourth-straight ranked opponent, sophomore middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe said OSU is prepared after losing two straight matches to then-No. 12 Illinois and Michigan.“I saw a lot of good things and we were pretty aggressive in the past few matches,” Sandbothe said.The Hawkeyes are last in the Big Ten in kills by opponent with an average of 12.99 per set and are 13th in the Big Ten in blocks by opponent and service aces by opponents with averages of 2.55 and 1.47 per set, respectively.Against the Hawkeyes, junior outside hitter Katie Mitchell said that OSU needs to be “more aggressive.”“We always need to be aggressive,” Mitchell said. “You never know what every team’s going to bring against you.”Wednesday’s match is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start.The Buckeyes are then set to face off against the Division I national runner-up No. 2 Wisconsin (24-2, 14-1). The match is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start on Friday at St. John Arena.. read more