MEET THE TEAM !
Anuhya Korrapati is Doctoral Scholar with Junior Research Fellowship at IIHMR, Jaipur. 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.
Project Lead - Queering Menstruation
Himani is a passionate and talented faculty member of the Department of Economics at Jyoti Nivas College Autonomous, Bengaluru.
She is currently working on the use of sustainable menstrual hygiene products as a part of her M.Phil thesis. Her study incorporates aspects of experimental investigations within an economic environment to test the impact of individual decision making and behaviour towards the multiple sustainable menstrual products available.
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.
ALISHA GOUTAM CHOUBEY
Menstruation and Mental Health
Alisha is currently pursuing an MA degree in Women's Studies at TISS, Hyderabad. She has previously interned with an NGO working for women and child welfare and has also worked with the Government of Telangana for a project as as a part of her curriculum. Her interest in the "Menstruation and Mental" project comes from her realisation of the existing dearth of knowledge in that area. She also stresses on willing to change the univocal understanding of physical discomforts and mental health during menstruation by engaging in and encouraging dialogue. Together, she believes, we can associate mental wellness with menstruation by creating a taboo-free, safe space.
Piuli is currently pursuing her Master’s as the School of Gender Studies, TISS Hyderabad. With a Bachelors’ in Sociology, she has always been keen on understanding people, relationships and identities in the context of socio-political forces that shape them. Piuli aspires to dismantle the gender system through academic contributions, which she believes should shape politics and policy. She has previously worked with CRY, Human Rights Law Network, the State of Telangana and Gaysi Family. She has presented papers on gendered subversion in visual culture and on hegemonic masculinity. Through the ‘Queering Menstruation’ project, she aims to study the influence of cultures surrounding menstruation on queer identities. Her hobbies include watching films, observing art and lifting weights.
Menstruation At Workplace
Navjot is an intersectional feminist currently pursuing his Masters in Women's Studies from TISS, Hyderabad. Previously, he has contributed to designing policy regarding the safety of women living in hostels and PGs under the Telangana State Government.
Navjot is also co-founder of Hiccup, an Indian menstrual cup company that advocates for sustainable menstruation, intersectionalities and high-quality menstrual health
As a non-menstruating ally, he is working with BeyondBlood to design a
menopause sensitisation workshop for people professionals at workplaces. With this, he intends to make offices menopause-friendly and cultivate a supportive framework for menstruators.
When Navjot is not being a feminist killjoy, he can be found
making wood-fired pizza ovens.
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.
Menstruation and Media
Ekata (she/her), originally from West Bengal, is a final year Master's student of Society and Culture at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT, Gandhinagar. She completed her B.A. in Social Sciences from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad. Ekata's research interests include Gender and Sexuality, Film Studies, and Social Psychology. She has previously interned in the fields of Intersectional Feminism, Menstrual Health, and Sex Education. Currently, she is working on her M.A. thesis which looks at the depiction of alternate masculinities in Bollywood cinema.
Project Coordination Intern
Fiza Farheen is a final year student of BA in Media Studies, Optional English and Psychology at Jyoti Nivas College Autonomous, Bangalore.
Fiza is intrested in topics like Food History and Film Analysis and has worked on projects involving both. She believes fiercely that only by being intersectional in approach can we achieve true equality. She has previously volunteered at MITU (Multiple Initiatives Towards Women) and interned at Radio Active 90.4 MHz as an RJ and a content writer.
She hopes to someday work in the United Nations as a translator/interpretor and is currently in pursuit of mastering French, Welsh and Arabic.
Menstruation and Media
Archita is an incoming journalism masters student at Cardiff University. She wants to work towards empowering marginalised communities and providing a narrative to testimonies of thousands of women who suffer due to institutionalised violence and war. She hopes to make equality a reality and her work with organisations like Breakthrough reflects the same. Most of the time she can be found reading classics or playing with her dogs.In the future, she wants to work as a war correspondence and provide a gendered narrative to reporting of the same.
GEET SANGEET KHODE