Indian Artist Debunks Menstruation Myths To Empower Women

21/01/2015 3:58 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:24 AM IST
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An upcoming woman artist has used the medium of art to spread awareness on menstrual hygiene and debunk various myths about menstruation.

"I aim to conduct workshops to spread awareness about menstrual hygiene and to spark a realisation of inner strength through self-defence," says Tripti Jain.

The two-day showcase "An Enchanting Odyssey" comprising about 30 artworks done by Jain is scheduled to begin at the Arpana Fine Arts Gallery, here from January 22.

"I am a firm believer about the fact that life is about the journey and not the destination. And my title stands for an enchanting and a beautiful journey. This is the beginning of my journey and I would want to inspire women to start their own enchanting odyssey," says Jain.

Jain, 21, says her exhibit does not focus on a particular subject but aims to empower all women.

"The art work that I am exhibiting does not primarily focus upon any particular subject as such. I am basically showcasing my paintings and work of art that I have completed over the span of years. I consider this as a bright opportunity to bring them into play to promote my bigger vision of empowering women," says Jain.

The exhibition would be followed up by workshops the artist has chalked out in various parts of the city to raise awareness about menstrual hygiene and debunk myths about it.

Slum dweller women and those from low socio-economic background in Delhi and NCR are target groups for Jain.

"The objectives of the workshop would be to increase awareness about menstruation and the myths associated to it and to discuss the importance and usage of sanitary napkins," says Jain.

"Using the funds collected I will make hygiene packs and distribute amongst them at the end of workshops," Jain says.

The artist who is also a feminist has been supporting women's interests issues and enhancing the quality of their lives.

She is also the co-founder of a social group "We, Women, Warriors", a campaign that aims to empower the downtrodden by increasing awareness and making them warriors.

"My workshops have never particularly focused on teaching art to them. However under my workshops I often include teaching recreational activities like painting, dancing etc," says the artist.

Along with this initiative, Jain says she has also founded "Tripti- women empowerment and children", a social group that works towards empowering women as well as the poor and needy.

"'Tripti' is a social group that aims in empowering the lives of women and children. I have conducted a 3 day workshop with Smile foundation under their 'Swabhiman' programme and I am still trying to get in touch with more NGOs," says Jain.

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