MEET THE TEAM !

 

CORE TEAM

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ANUHYA KORRAPATI

Founder

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.

SHRADDHA MADHAVAN

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.

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SIRI SINCHANA

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.

DIKSHA DAWAR

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. 

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PMDD ADVOCACY PROGRAM - FELLOWS

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GEETANJALI GURLHOSUR

Research

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.

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DEVIKA KAPOOR

Curriculum Development

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. 

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YESHASWINI PARIMI

Research

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. 

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PRANITA THORAT

Research

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.

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SAPNA RAI

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".

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NAMRATA MENON

Content Creator

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.

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SONAL JAIN

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.

 

INTERNS

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NEHA GUPTA

Research Intern - Menstruation and Mental Health

Neha is currently a Young India Fellow at Ashoka University. She aims to pursue a career in research so as to combine the nascent issues of Mental Health with policymaking.

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NIRAJANA SINHA

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.

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SUPRIYA GAIKWAD

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.

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PRATEETI

Research Intern - Menstruation and Media

Prateeti holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Jamia Millia Islamia University and a Masters's degree in Society & Culture from IIT Gandhinagar. Broadly, her research interests include film and philosophy, space, place and modernity, consumer culture, gender and sexuality, and refugee studies. She takes a keen interest in fine art photography, feminist research articles, Bengali folk culture, and music. Her Master's thesis looked at reading time in non-narrative Indian Cinema. You can find her in a quaint cafe with an espresso and a notepad probably reading a book or looking out of the window!

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LAYA AKKINENI

Outreach Volunteer

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.

 

TRANSLATION SUPPORT VOLUNTEERS

Our Volunteers translate PMDD Patient Resources from English to various regional languages in India. This project is in collaboration with IAPMD  

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VARUN  GOPALAKRISHNAN

TAMIL

KATYAYNI SHARMA

HINDI

INDUPRIYA TULLIMILLI

TELUGU

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SIMRAN KAUR

ODIA

SONALI PRIYADARSINI

PUNJABI

NILAY SHRIMALI

GUJARATI

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RAGESH

MALAYALAM

MEEMANSA SINGH

BENGALI

GEET SANGEET KHODE

MARATHI