MEET THE TEAM !
Anuhya Korrapati is Doctoral Scholar with Junior Research Fellowship at Christ University, Bengaluru. She is the joint secretary at IHEPA and is a youth advisory board member at IAPMD.
The Menstrual-Mental Health Movement is a new wave of menstrual activism that aims to tackle the twin stigma of menstruation and mental health while consciously looking through the lens of the gender spectrum. BeyondBlood was founded to elevate the medical discourse and social discussion beyond the exaggerated need for sanitary napkins to address the erasure of menstrual experiences and the disregard for holistic wellbeing.
Project Development Coordinator
BeyondBlood attempts to challenge the stigma that is associated with menstruation and provide a better understanding of its relationship with an all-inclusive approach to one’s health and well-being, further aspiring to include non-menstruators into this Menstrual-Mental Health Movement.
Project Lead - Menstruation and Media
Translation Support Volunteer - Kannada
Siri is a graduate of international business economics and has worked as a journalist. Her interests lie in music, reading and learning new languages. Through the menstruation and media project, she hopes to bring about a change in social discourse by discussing the representation and lack thereof of menstruation in media today. It is important to step outside the confines of already established cultural and linguistic ideologies to achieve progress.
Team Lead - Menstruation at Workplace
Diksha holds her MSc in Business Psychology. Being an advocate of mental health in workplace, her aim is to aid people build nurturing workplace cultures. Menstruation affects a person physically and mentally both; and is often overlooked in a workplace in terms of infrastructure and policies. With Beyond Blood, this screaming need for acknowledgement and adjustments to cater to menstruating workforce will be addressed.
PMDD ADVOCACY PROGRAM - FELLOWS
Geetanjali is a freelance journalist and writer. She is currently working toward becoming a social researcher and documentary filmmaker. Following a degree in Media Studies, she pursued a Master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Guwahati. Earlier this year, she completed her Master's thesis titled 'Choice, Agency and Resistance: Lives of Female Sex Workers of Budhwar Peth'. Also an activist, Geetanjali enjoys reading books, writing poetry and prose, and having conversations on peace, gender, sexuality and social dialectics. On better days of the month, she is always up for dancing or learning a new sport.
Devika is a Counseling Psychologist by training, she graduated from Tata Institute of Social Sciences and has done her Diploma in Community Mental Health from NIMHANS.
She holds a keen interest in women's mental health and through her practice she hopes to contribute to contribute building a safe space for womxn.
Yeshaswini is a Master's student of Health Psychology from University of Hyderabad. Her key interests lie in health, psychopathology, gender and sexuality studies, and policy building.
Pranita is a writer, a musician, and currently finishing up their Master's in Clinical Psychology. They are a proficient guitarist, they teach music to those who want to learn while performing with their band and also on their social media channels. They also use their social media to amplify and create anti-caste content. They're 22 years old, and are comfortable with the pronouns they/them & she/her.
Design and Development
Sapna recently completed her post graduation in MBA hospital and health management from IIHMR UNIVERSITY JAIPUR sapna is also pursuing her post graduate diploma in medical law and ethics from NLSIU bangalore. Sapna has interned with Punjab health system corporation mohali, completed dissertation project on "establishing covid care centres and administrative management in district hospital"
She has volunteered with various organizations ( HIVE india, RHA india and Contree jaipur). Sapna is also a youth ki awaz action Network fellow. Sapna has been raising menstrual awareness among young girls and women in jaipur city from past 2 years, A strong advocate of women empowerment she believes in the power of 4Es viz., Explore Evolve Examine Emerge. "In all you do, be sure you are evolving girl! You evolve when you explore".
Namrata is a videographer/editor based out of Mumbai. She believe that bold vulnerability is what gets her going and a huge part of that idea is being honest about her PMDD. She was diagnosed with PMDD three years ago and has been working on managing it since then. She can usually be found binge watching and hoarding on stationery and history books.
Advocacy Campaign Strategy
Sonal Jain is a menstrual health advocate and lives with PCOS & PMDD. She currently works in the capacity of a co-founder at Boondh, a social enterprise working in menstrual health along the verticals of literacy, advocacy, activism and sustainable products. Their work of building menstrual life skills among menstruators across socio-cultural strata is informed by an intersectional feminist, culturally sensitive, multi-stakeholder and informed choice approach) and has been a MHH (Menstrual Health & Hygiene) facilitator since 2013. Her previous work includes facilitating teams for World Merit UK in the space of environment sustainability and education. She is a Laureate Global Fellow 2018, a World Merit fellow 2015, and a recipient of Microsoft Youthspark Challenge for Change -Global Award 2015, among other prestigious international fellowships. Her work on SDG 12 has been presented at the UN in New York City in 2016. Her everyday activities include empowering conversations and living mindfully.
Research Intern - Menstruation and Mental Health
Neha is currently pursuing her Master's in Clinical Psychology. She aims to pursue a career in research so as to combine the nascent issues of Mental Health with policymaking.
Menstruation At Workplace
Nirajana Sinha is a final year undergraduate student of Political Science in Presidency University, Kolkata. She is extremely interested and passionate about gender studies and gender politics. Her areas of interest are the studies of politics governing the public/private sphere divide and the power dynamics involved, along with studying and analyzing the intricacies of exploitation of women's labour and abuse.
As a rape survivor, she works actively in creating and promoting safe space for women and tries fighting sexual harassment and abuse in both public and private spheres, with whatever little resources available to her. She is also extremely interested in grassroot level activism.
She has previously written papers on the historiography of Partition of India using a gendered and post-colonial lens along with her peers and on tourism, religion and other global phenomenons, through a feminist perspective.
Her other areas of interest include singing, painting, playing badminton and chess and intently watching sunsets.
Research Intern - Adaptive Clothing for Menstruators
Supriya Gaikwad is pursuing B.Des Fashion Designing at School Of Fashion Technology, Pune. She strives for sustainable products and ideas through natural processes. She is skilled in Adobe photoshop, Adobe illustration, stitching and sewing techniques, fine arts, face painting and styling. Her interest lies in literature, creating fashion blogs and write ups, designing magazine cover pages,and fashion photography. Her proficiency is in craft research and development, material studies,garment construction and stylised fashion illustration and presentation.
Intern Blogger - Menstruation and Workplace
Manisha is currently pursuing her Master’s in Women’s Studies from TISS, Hyderabad and obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Loreto College, Kolkata. Her interests lie in Gender Intersectionalities, Human Rights, Sexuality and Violence.
She has been diagnosed with PCOS and desires to raise awareness and built a comfortable environment for similar people.
By utilizing her experiences and knowledge, she is interested in making a difference in the life of marginalized gender by understanding the dynamics of discrimination and spreading
Intern Blogger - Menstruation and Workplace
Majoring in Women’s Studies, Prarthana Lumba is from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad, Prarthana is passionate about Research; in the domains of Gender, Sexuality, Development & Livelihoods.
A lover of History, indie-music, and nature, she takes pleasure in the little things. Extremely fond of animals, you’d never find her without a dog by her side.
Research Intern - Menstruation and Mental Health
Sapontara Bora is a Political Science graduate doing her MA in Women’s Studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, she is driven to bring about changes in society, however big or small.
She is keen on working on gender issues, particularly in the North-East in the future, since she believes that the
scenario of socio-cultural influence and traditional rituals that impact women are vastly different, specific, and need awareness building from the ground level.
She is an ardent lover of Mythology, History, Classical English Literature, and Political Philosophy. When free, she does a bit of painting, plays the violin, sings, and eats.
Intern Blogger - Menstruation and Media
Pooja, a student of Women’s Studies, wishes to make the world more size-inclusive and fat-accepting. As a queer, fat woman, she has been navigating the world through those lenses and has, of late, started critically examining her social position that co-exists with privileges and marginalisations. Her Bachelor’s thesis focused on the interactions between popular media and medical sciences that stigmatise fat bodies by constructing thinness as the ideal body type. She enjoys reading and clicking pictures and she has recently ventured into using art and painting as a form of self-expression. At other times, Pooja can be found watering her plants or hunting for containers to propagate them.
Laya is an MBA graduate from KL University, Vijayawada. She has been working at Amazon for a couple of years now. With personal experience in dealing with people suffering from chronic mental illness like Bipolar disorder and seeing how it can affect people around, she has been doing her bit in breaking the stigma around mental health. Laya hopes to start a non-profit organization in the future to support families dealing with mental wellness. A climate warrior, Laya is also an animal lover.
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