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TEAM

ANUHYA KORRAPATI

FOUNDER

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.

HIMANI RATHORE

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 driven to inspire students to achieve personal and academic success. 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 hygiene products available. Her previous work has focused on Crop Insurance and Fast Fashion. Her passion for teaching has driven her to be a part of multiple organizations like Make a Difference and Ashwini Charitable Trust, Bangalore where she worked on projects involving underprivileged students. She has also worked on international projects related to environmental sustainability with organizations like ISEC (Bangalore) and AIESEC in Turkey. Her other interests include Dancing and Boxing.

ARJUN UNNIKRISHNAN

PROJECT LEAD: NON- MENSTRUATING ALLY

I'm Arjun is a fourth-year law student at JSS Law College, Mysuru. In 2015, Arjun co-founded The Red Cycle, a grassroots movement, based in Kerala, that aims to normalise the conversation around menstruation through knowledge-sharing and action. Participation in the Menstrual Health Rights movement fundamentally demands the desire to learn and to organise. As the Supervisor for the Non-Menstruating Ally Project, in Beyond Blood, his foremost priority shall be to undertake serious learning on the subject. I shall also strive to develop tolerance and responsibility in meeting organisational duties.

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.

SIRI SINCHANA

PROJECT LEAD: MENSTRUATION AND MEDIA

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

PROJECT LEAD: NON- MENSTRUATING ALLY

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. 

NIPUNIKA SACHDEVA

INTERN: MENSTRUATION AND MENTAL HEALTH

Nipunika is Master's student currently studying Education from Ambedkar University Delhi. A Political Science undergraduate student at Lady Shri Ram College for Women, they were involved with a number of societies like creative writing and academic projects ranging from topics like caste in schools to artificial intelligence. A spoken word poet, writer and a graphic design enthusiast, they've interned at various organizations including Kommune Delhi. A Slam Out Loud Jijivisha fellow, they're currently working with the organisation on a project called Art For All, making art activities available online to children across Delhi and interning with intersectional feminist platform Feminism in India as well.

ALISHA GOUTAM CHOUBEY

INTERN: 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.

CAMELLIA REJA

INTERN: MENSTRUATION AND MENTAL HEALTH

Camellia has done her graduation in Political Science from Presidency University, Kolkata. She is currently pursuing her MA in Women's Studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad. She had been a volunteer teacher at a government school in Kolkata where she taught Political Science to the students of class 11 and 12 and also worked with Apne Aap Women Worldwide, Kolkata, an organization that works with sex workers. You can find her prancing around at all times of the day.

SANJEEVANI CHANANA (she/her)

INTERN: MENSTRUATION AND MEDIA

Sanjeevani is a second-year student undergraduate student pursuing Psychology and Sociology. Her interests range from Freud to Foucault to Faiz. She'll be working on Menstruation and Media as she believes that media plays an imperative role in shaping any society. Being a feminist, she as always been irked by the nature of the content that is consumed by the masses and feels that effective change can be brought only by ensuring that our ideas percolate to each individual. Through this project, Sanjeevani wishes to delve into the origins of all that is wrong with our media today.

PRERNA SINGH

INTERN: MENSTRUATION AND MEDIA

Prerna is currently pursuing her master’s in Gender Studies from TISS Hyderabad. A history graduate from Kirori Mal College, she has always been interested in structures and cultures that shape our societies. She will be working on the ’Menstruation and Media’ project. With an avid interest in understanding how media perpetuates everyday realities, perceptions and stereotypes, Prerna hopes to use this opportunity to understand the deeply embedded relationship between the portrayal of the menstruation life cycle in movies and television shows, and how menstruation is perceived in the society.

KARISHMA SHAFI

INTERN: MENSTRUATION AND MEDIA

Karishma is currently a Master’s student of Women’s Studies at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad. She also has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication and is partial to print and audio media. Her research interests are gender, folk studies and media and culture. She has previously worked in research, brand management and Hindi/English editorial spaces. At Beyond Blood, she is a part of the Menstruation and Media project, working towards interrogating the epistemological bases of media messaging around menstrual health.

KATYAYNI SHARMA

INTERN: QUEERING MENSTRUATION

Katyayni is a final year student of Psychology and Political science from LSR, DU. She finds people intriguing and firmly believes that their actions are way more scarier than anything else. She has interned with a very diverse range of organizations ranging from Zariyaa, a mental health based intervention service, to Karvaan which is a Journal which focuses on Society and politics. Currently, she is a Fellow with The YP Foundation and Light Up-Emotions Matter Fellowship. She has been associated with Light Up in the capacity of a Curriculum development intern. She has been associated with a number of student politics groups and held the elected position of General Secretary for LSR-SU 2018-19. Other than that, she has a keen interest in languages and culture and has over the years attained first level knowledge of seven languages. She has an absolute love for books and enjoys cinema and art.

PIULI

INTERN: QUEERING MENSTRUATION

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.

ZAYAN

INTERN: QUEERING MENSTRUATION

Zayan is currently pursuing M.A. Education from Ambedkar University Delhi and has done graduation in Elementary Education from Gargi college, University of Delhi. He has done internships in various government MCD schools and has worked with organisations like Make a Difference (MAD) and Organisation for Early Literacy Promotion, Ajmer (OELP). Apart from this, Zayan is also a musician and loves reading, travelling, and cooking.

SIDHARTH D.

INTERN: NON-MENSTRUATING ALLY

Sidharth is an engineering graduate who is currently preparing for fellowships and is aiming to build his career in the development sector. To educate himself more and gain a nuanced understanding of menstruation is Sidharth's primary intention and help share the knowledge he gains from this internship to the wider society.

SARVESH AKOLKAR

INTERN: NON-MENSTRUATING ALLY

Sarvesh is a law student from Mumbai University, who plays an active role in the Muse foundation. The search for rationalizing the society around, learning and understanding what one can further do to bring about a positive evolution in the society as a non-menstruating ally is a reason why Sarvesh has enrolled in this internship.

PRANAV TRIVEDI

INTERN: NON-MENSTRUATING ALLY

Pranav is currently studying for the UPSC Examination. He is part of an organisation called Muse Foundation as well as an animal welfare organisation called' Citizens For Animal Protection'. Under Muse, he along with others have been working towards various avenues with the goal of sustainability. Pranav believes that, through this internship, he will be able to enhance his knowledge of menstruation and mental health while also understanding more about his role as a non-menstruating ally.

ANKIT DAVE

INTERN: NON-MENSTRUATING ALLY

Ankit is from Mumbai. He is currently pursuing mechanical engineering and is in his final year. He is a part of an organisation called Muse foundation. He is exploring new things with respect to sustainability and environmental issues. He is looking forward to learning new things through this internship and wants to be well informed about the same. 

ASIF VAHAB

INTERN: NON-MENSTRUATING ALLY

Asif is currently doing his undergraduate in business administration in Kerala. He's a part of an NGO called Bring Back Green Foundation. Asif believes that this internship would allow to educate himself more on menstruation and mental health, learn more about taboos and how he can help in breaking it, as a non menstruating ally.