August 5, 2017

Urmila Chanam is a menstrual hygiene management activist from India, global campaigner of women’s right to dignity and good health, Founder of ‘Breaking the Silence’ Campaign which is a combination of a digital action campaign and on-ground outreach program to end myths, taboos and stigma around menstruation, public health expert with experience in HIV/AIDS program and interventions with women in sex work, transgender and sexual minority community, drug users, truckers and children living with HIV/AIDS and orphans and vulnerable children, a certified trainer/facilitator on menstrual hygiene management, gender based violence and digital empowerment travelling to different countries and a journalist/columnist hailing from the north-east state of Manipur. She is also the General Secretary of North east Solidarity, an NGO that fights racial discrimination of northeast people. Part of the Network of Women in Media India, she is closely linked to media both print and electronic in India. She has trained over 7000 adolescent girls and women in the last 4 years on biology of menstruation, menstrual hygiene management and safe and environment friendly disposal of used sanitary products in nooks and corners of India and abroad in remote villages where health seeking behaviour and facilities are compromised. Recipient of the UNFPA National Laadli Awards for the Best Social Media Campaign, she received the global award from World Pulse, the Voices of Our Future (VOF) and is the Ambassador of World Pulse, the largest social network of women leaders connecting 190 countries promoting digital empowerment to access information and opportunities via the internet. She was recently honoured by Vodaphone Foundation on International Women’s Day as one of the 50 ‘Women of Pure Wonder’. Recipient of the MasterCard Celebrate Heroes Award 2017, her vision is to give the power that comes from accurate information to individuals. She is a WSSCC trainer since 2013.

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