Menstruation! Say it loud, Say it Clear

What languages can you speak? Of course, we don’t know the answer. But, what we know is – whichever country you are from the ‘language’ around menstruation/periods isn’t a positive one. It is awkward and uncomfortable. We still talk about menstruation in hushed voices. We whisper to ask for pads in our schools and offices…

Sonitpur Swacchata Mela – creating a safe space for MHM

by Mayuri Bhattacharjee Melas or fairs are an integral part of Assamese culture and tradition. Most of us in Assam have heard about the Ambabuchi Mela or Jonbil Mela, but what about a Swachhata Mela, (a fair for cleanliness)? On 15th March, 2017 Sonitpur, one of the largest districts in Assam, witnessed the first ever…

Hey! What about loo maintenance workers in airports?

By Mayuri Bhattacharjee Public toilets in India are most often yucks, except for the ones in high-end malls and airports maintained by private organisations such as GMR and GVK. Recently, during a transit in the wee hours of the morning I had to attend one of calls of nature at the Mumbai airport. The bathroom…

Citizen Auditor: Revolting public toilet at ESI Hospital, Kolkata

Government hospitals in India have a reputation of having stinky and clogged toilets. Two reasons are attributed for this: Lack of maintenance and absence of civic sense on the part of users. Recently, we received a photo of a public toilet at the government-run ESI-Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Manicktala from a citizen of…

For A Toilet Inquilab, Feminism Must Talk Loos More Often

*first published on Feminism in India By Deboleena Sengupta and Mayuri Bhattacharjee We don’t know whether you need the latest iPad or the latest Jhumpa Lahiri book. We don’t know whether you need adrak chai or double espresso to wake up. But, we definitely know that you’ll need a toilet. Everyday. No exceptions. We have learned…

Women’s Day #lovethyloo campaign: Shohinee’s story

It was the autumn of 2006. I was on my way to Digha for a family vacation. I had some questionable mushrooms the previous day. Terrible intestinal spasms of diarrhoea followed the next morning while I was on the bus to our destination. We were cruising through the highway with fields of crops on both…

Women’s Day #lovethyloo campaign: Arpana’s story

Having my gall bladder removed a few years back and being in a traveling job, nobody can understand the importance of public toilets more than me. I feel no shame in admitting that I have to hit the loo more often than a normal person does. It has now become a regular routine for me…

Hey, All! Women have had enough of unsafe toilets

Ever felt the pain of holding the urge to pee for hours? Welcome to the CLUB. As women, we suffer more than men due to lack of clean and safe toilets. Our urethra (the opening to our urinary tract) is shorter than in men, thus making it easier for the bacteria to reach the bladder. We…