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WINGS: Women's International News Gathering Service
Menstruation Celebration and Accommodation in India and Around the World
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Jan. 9, 2023, 3:46 a.m.
Nations are passing new laws to accommodate menstruation, but only Odisha (formerly Orissa) state in India has an annual celebration of menstruation. During the 3-day festival, women and girls play, parade, eat, and rest, and all agricultural activity is supposed to cease. The festival celebrates the Earth as a mothering goddess who menstruates and who also needs to rest. Speakers: Ranjeeta Priyadarshini, a former metal worker, now a law student who campaigns nationwide for paid period leave in India; Sociology professor at the National University of Law, Dr Rita Roy; Tapaswini, a metal industry worker from Odisha state; Akansha Mishra, a law student from Rajasthan state; and Pallavi, a factory worker. Music in the program is from the annual festival.
Introduction by Frieda Werden; documentary by Kalpana Pradhan.

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00:28:57 1 Jan. 8, 2023
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