• Amar Tulsiyan to discuss the importance of menstrual hygiene management during “Adolescent Girls’ Health” panel 
  • The Niine Movement announces strategic partnership with Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI) to spearhead activities across India to bridge the gap between 18% women using sanitary napkins and 82% of women often reverting to unhygienic and unsafe alternatives such as old cloths, rags, hay and even ash

BCR NEWS (Ajay Shastri/New Delhi): Social entrepreneur and the Founder of the Niine MovementAmar Tulsiyanis to participate in a high-level panel at the FOGSIInternational Women’s Health Summit taking place on 1st-3rd of June in Delhi. Organised by the Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI), the summit will convene medical and health experts to discuss major issues and advancement in the treatment of women’s reproductive health with a focus on pregnancy.

Amar Tulsiyan & Akshay Kumar with Pad Heroes

FOGSI is a professional organization that represents the practitioners of obstetrics and gynaecology in India. With 241 member societies and over 33,000 individual members across India, FOGSI is one of the largest membership based organizations of specialized professionals within the field of obstetrics and gynaecology.

Following the successful launch of the Niine Movement during the Menstrual Awareness Conclave to mark Menstrual Hygiene Day, FounderAmar Tulsiyanand Co-Founder Payal Tulsiyanwill be amongst the panellists speaking at a session at the summit focusing on Adolescent Girls’ Health. Inspired by the story of one of the many girls across India without access to hygienic sanitary methods of managing menstruation, Amar Tulsiyan launched the Niine Movement, an ambitious five-year plan aimed at raising awareness on the importance of menstrual hygiene and tackling the taboos associated with menstruation.

Taking place from 4.00pm-5.00pmon 1st June, the Adolescent Girls’ Health session also features esteemed medical experts including Dr Sampath Kumari, Dr Bharti Maheshwari, Dr Vinita Singh, Dr Gunjan Gupta, Dr Vaishali Chavan, Dr Parul Nigamand Dr Nidhi Khera.The session will be moderated by Dr Lila Vyas and Dr Madhuri Patel.

Amar and Payal Tulsiyan’s participation as speakers at the session also marks the partnership between the Niine Movement and FOGSI as they closely align on issues surrounding female reproductive health. The strategic partnership will spearhead a series of initiatives across India to bridge the gap between 18% women using sanitary napkins and 82% of women often reverting to unhygienic and unsafe alternatives such as old cloths, rags, hay and even ash.

On the 2nd June, the FOGSIInternational Women’s Health Summit will also celebrate the exceptional contributions of individuals towards the welfare of society. In recognition of their work in tackling the taboos associated with menstrual hygiene, Amar Tulsiyan and Payal Tulsiyan will be presented the prestigious Partner in Health Award.

Speaking about their participation at the FOGSI International Women’s Health Summit in the capacity of a strategic partner and high-level panellist, Amar Tulsiyan said, “The reproductive health of girls and women in India is a subject that I am passionate about, and I look forward to discussing the issues that are most prevalent today as well as possible solutions with experts from the medical profession.

I believe this summit marks an auspicious beginning to the Niine Movement’s partnership with FOGSI, and through working together we can achieve real change for the girls and women of India.”

Dr Jaideep Malhotra President of FOGSI said “We are delighted to have change-makers such as Amar and Payal Tulsiyan and the Niine Movement more broadly participating in the FOGSI International Women’s Health Summit. With the testimonies of FOGSI members in the medical profession who are on the frontlines of research and treatment, as well as the advocacy and action of those in the Niine Movement, we are entering a transformational period for women’s health. We are very much looking forward to the partnership with the Niine Movement and the benefits it will bring for women’s health everywhere.” 

About the “Niine Movement”:

The Niine Movement is an ambitious 5-year plan that aims to tackle the taboos associated with menstruation by engaging all genders and ages to step forward and join hands to promote the importance of menstrual hygiene awareness. Understanding the need for collective effort to change mindsets, the Niine Movement intends to use its convening power to engage multi-sector groups in India – from governments, corporates and the NGO community – to sustain not only a discussion but encourage affirmative action on addressing menstrual hygiene management. To achieve its vision, the Niine Movement’s theory of change adopts a three-pronged approach by:

  • Educating girls, women, boys and men of good menstrual hygiene practices.
  • Enrolling citizens and existing menstrual hygiene product users in a supportive, taboo free environment to create an open forum for discussion and deliberation.
  • Enhancing the sanitation sector of India by providing the best quality menstrual hygiene products at appropriate prices.

Reflecting its vision for a new and better Swachh Bharat, which begins and is driven by girls and woman, Niine also reflects nine core ways a nation can achieve its full potential if we support menstruating girls and women, using the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), the 17 goals that world leaders agreed to achieving by 2030 to end world poverty, tackle climate change and reduce inequalities, as an index. Niine advocates a multi-sector approach to achieving the goals it has set out, engaging governments, corporates, media, talent, not for profits and civil society to create sustained impact.

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