Clueless and terrified, at the age of 11, I remember my mother giving me a piece of cloth to use instead of a pad and telling me not to mention this to anyone.
That continued for a year and, I was strictly told not to talk about this to anyone. Nobody told me what it was, why it was happening, why this cycle was only repeating on particular days of every month, why I was not allowed to pray. I KNEW NOTHING.
• You are not fasting but you should tell others that you are.
• You cannot pray but don’t tell this to any male member.
• You cannot say the word “pad” or “period” in front of anyone.
• You are supposed to change the channel whenever there is a sanitary napkin ad.
• You cannot openly hold a packet of sanitary napkins.
We all have encountered such instructions coming at us every now and then. But can I blame my mother for that? No, because she didn’t know much either. She learned to keep it a secret and tried to translate the same silence into me. Who should be blamed then? Can we rely on schools that cancel the chapter of reproduction in 10th grade because they consider it immoral and where you cannot openly talk to your teacher about it? Even if they are willing to discuss, the vague responses will put you in more confusion.
Finally, after fighting against numerous taboos, mental health has become a topic of concern but, period cramps accompanied by nausea, headaches, and bloating are still dismissed. You will mostly hear responses like “is me kia hai?” “Sab kohotahai”, “Tum pehli bandi nahi ho”, “yar period hi hai”, “ziada hi nazuk ho tum to”. In 5% to 10% of women, menstrual pain is so severe that it can disrupt their life. There is still no concept of paid menstrual leaves at the workplace, we are still paying taxes on sanitary napkins and, we are still not aware of the right brands to choose from. If you casually say in front of a male counterpart that you are on period, people are going to tag you as “ besharam”, “shameless”, “bold” and the list goes on.
There are a number of reliable brands but Molped has definitely overtopped them all by introducing Hygiene Shield Portfolio in Pakistan which has been specifically designed for Pakistani women, keeping in mind their needs based on extensive research. Hygiene Shield is an anti-germ layer which will provide superior absorption, odor protection, and long hours of hygiene during periods. This in turn will ensure that Pakistani girls and women alike do not miss out on life and continue as per normal without any interruptions even during their period.
Esra Bilgic is the brand ambassador of Molped Pakistan and she has highlighted how she regards Molped Hygiene Shield as her ultimate hygiene partner that protects her throughout the day. Through this partnership, she aims to encourage Pakistani girls to take control of their personal hygiene and live their life uninterrupted.
It is about time we started paving the way for our next generations so they don’t feel ashamed of having an open conversation about a natural phenomenon that is the essence of a woman.
Only if these sanitary brands, parents, and teachers come together to educate girls about menstruation, the importance of this cycle and how it is not taboo, how it is not wrong to bleed because this is the sign of a healthy woman.
It is the need of the hour that we start having proper drives to spread awareness and normalize this period of every month in a woman’s life. We should properly educate the male members of the society to be more empathetic and show understanding towards this topic. Instead of mocking, they need to step up and make women feel comfortable with this natural phenomenon of their lives. This will instill in them the concept of what a woman goes through in terms of pain and hormonal changes.
Not only this, but women also need to have all the answers related to menstruation. They should constantly keep a check on their diet. They should know when to visit a doctor, what body changes are normal, and how having a normal period cycle is crucial to a healthy lifestyle of a woman. Sadly, women are hushed and frowned upon for asking these questions but, change starts from within and, it’s time for you to participate in such healthy discussions.
Delay in diagnosis can result in long term disability
An awareness seminar to highlight the importance of early diagnosis and treatment of arthritis was conducted at the Governor house Punjab, with joint collaboration of Arthritis Care Foundation and Scotmann Pharmaceuticals here in Lahore on Sunday 21 November.
The seminar was chaired by the honorable Governor of Punjab Chaudry Muhammad Sarwar, with awareness sessions conducted by chairperson Arthritis Care Foundation, Prof. Nighat Mir Ahmed, Co-chairperson Prof. Sumaira Farman Raja, and Co-chairperson and General Secretary, Prof. Muhammad Ahmed Saeed, and Dr. Saira E. A. Khan.
According to research done by the Arthritis Care Foundation with funding by World Health Organization, approximately 1 out of every 4th person is suffering from some kind of inflammatory joint disease. If not diagnosed early, these conditions can result in long-term disability, like Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. State of the art department of Rheumatology with international standards and equipment has been initiated at the Central Park Teaching Hospital, served by highly skilled and qualified specialists and staff. Central Park Teaching Hospital also provides free treatment services for deserving patients with the support of the Arthritis Care Foundation.
The seminar highlighted the role of Vitamin D, diet, and exercise for healthy bones and joints, arthritis in children, young and elderly, and the common causes of back pain.
Peng Salon celebrates Children’s Day, inviting Children Cancer patients for a Spa Day
This Children’s Day, Peng Salon & Spa, one of the leading hair & skin clinics in Karachi came up with a thoughtful initiative for children suffering from cancer. They invited these young cancer warriors from Indus Hospital for a Spa Day at the salon to mark Children’s Day celebrations. The children were treated with professional salon & spa services for a relaxing & refreshing experience.
Kaneez Fiza & Nafisa Dawood, Incharge at the Psychosocial department at Indus Hospital, who accompanied the children stated that the children were happy and it was an amazing experience for the children as well as their team at the Peng Salon. According to Kaneez, it was the first time for the children that they had visited a salon and they loved every bit of it and were overjoyed with the experience.
These children, fighting their battle against Cancer, are dreamers – full of innocence, hope and happiness. These little angels enjoyed the services of their choice at the salon and they were all smiles with the kind of pampering they were provided with. Services such as Haircut, hair styling, manicure, pedicure, makeup etc. were provided that made their day extra special.
After going through months of grueling treatment, giving these brave warriors such a day was a thoughtful initiative by Peng Salon. Arranging a Spa Day on Children’s Day for these young children to give them moments of joy and happiness was a wonderful idea by the team. Their aim to make these children feel valued, loved and special while helping them make cherishing memories.
Children were overwhelmed with the services they were provided and were all smiles as they left for the hospital again. Thumbs up to Peng Salon for initiating such a thoughtful activity to celebrate Children’s Day!
5 motivational thoughts to get you motivated by Canadian-Pakistani CEO, Muneeb Mushtaq
Canadian Pakistani CEO and motivational speaker Muneeb Mushtaq has given us many insightful and empowering thoughts over the years on the basis of his experiences as a young and dynamic businessman. The tech tycoon has been the founder of three tech business ventures and has managed to achieve so much at such a young age. And, he has given back his learning and knowledge by motivating, educating, and mentoring people to be successful in life.
Here are some motivational thoughts by the Forbes awarded entrepreneur Muneeb Mushtaq to get you motivated and beat the Monday blues:
- Get rid of the useless and negative clutter in your life
Muneeb Mushtaq suggests that it is important to subtract some of the unnecessary things from life to realise how insignificant they are. He advises us to get away from the insignificant and negative clutter in order to see an immediate positive impact. Worrying about what others think of us, trying to please everyone are some of the unimportant things we need to remove as soon as possible. According to him “When you remove what’s negative, it’ll add more space for what’s POSITIVE”!
- Don’t wait, just take the first step
The successful entrepreneur recommends us not to wait for other people or for the perfect moment to do what you have always wanted to do. There will never be a perfect time, situation or circumstances that would make you start working on your dreams. He advises us to just take the first step and get started.
- Failure is the opportunity to start over again, more wisely
The dynamic businessman is also of the view that failure provides an invaluable experience that makes it more likely to get success the next time around. He explains: “Till the time you don’t give up, the failures are just learning experiences, helping you to eventually succeed.”
- Respect the competition
Muneeb Mushtaq also shares this motivational thought that competition should be embraced and should be used as a driving force to push you further rather than fearing it. Competition is also a validation that there is a massive market and opportunity in the space to grow further.
- Change is important
Another motivating thought from Muneeb Mushtaq is that if you want change in life, then you should also be willing to change. He says, “If you are not willing to change, don’t expect your life to either”.
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