The DURI.AN Team met with a group of college students to discuss menstrual hygiene and the stigmas surrounding periods in Vietnam. As an organization inspired by hearing the stories of others, understanding the stigmas in Vietnam meant so much to us. We learned that girls in Vietnam use the word “red light” or “it” because they are afraid to use the word period. We also learned how “guilty” and “dirty” the girls would feel when they had to talk about periods.
Inspired by Nadya Okamoto, the founder of PERIOD, the DURI.AN founders led a talk to take the first steps in breaking the stigma.
Ryan encouraged the students to just start by saying the word, “period.” “It is not a bad word,” said Ryan. Madeleine told the group that periods and menstruation is a natural human need that happens to half of the population. The DURI.AN team hopes that these students left the talk with the tools to start breaking down the stigma.
In a partnership with PERIOD. The Menstrual Movement, the largest youth-run NGO in women’s health worldwide, DURI.AN distributed period packs to these college students to cover three menstrual cycles per student.
Shoutout to CSDS for organizing this event! More information coming soon.