Suman Renu Mathur
Suman is a woman who finds great joy in supporting other women to live a life of connection, health and wellness. This has been her life's passion, joy and work. She says,
"Over the decades I have found myself working with women of all ages and stages, 100's of 1,000's of hours spent being with women. This is a great moment to be a possibilist. More than ever before, we have the power to shape the future we want to see. We have new abilities to connect to each other and new tools and technologies to drive progress further and faster.
“Bamba foot gaya [the dam has burst]”, “cycle mein puncture”, “red light”, “laal dhaga [red thread]”, “date”, “MC”, “maheena [month]” and “period”—the women of Khati Khera laughed as they recalled these terms referring to menstruation. Most of these words and phrases are uttered in jest, as inside jokes. Across cultures, women use secret terms to convey that they are on their menstrual cycle. The shame and stigma, if any, is only in front of men. Period. End of Sentence' The film is real life struggle of mine. I am one of them who started this journey from A to Z struggle Suman is the one who faces each and every situation from man's word to all villagers.I gave my house for the pad project sanitary napkin making unit, My family shifted to rented house and fight begins still going on an on.
Hailing from a conservative villagers, and milieu, it was never easy to set up a workshop of manufacture sanitary napkins for women to be used during their menstrual cycles, this issue is considered a taboo in the Indian society.I am associated with a women’s welfare group “Mahila Sabla Sangh”, ngo The Action India, approached Me to educate women and girls about health and hygiene which included the menstruation cycle. Making sanitary napkins was also a part of the project.Taking up the project, I just give my home for sanitary napkin making unit Finally, it was installed in My house. Thereafter, it was a Herculean task in a village to talk about such an issue in the conservative village like that, with a population of over 4500, in this village If some one want to study further have to spend Rs.100, and travel to 25/50 KM to the nearest city, but I did my best first i asked Sneha to join as a co-worker, i motivated her, she is my sister-in-law, a 25-year-old Sneha who helps manufacture the pads, Sneha who dreams of enlisting in Police so that her existence can mean more than just someone’s daughter, wife or mother. When she begins working at the pad-making factory, She was too embarrassed to tell her father that she was going to be making pads so she told him that she would be making children's diapers.Father believe that the machine makes baby nappies, not sanitary pads. Yet again, menstruation becomes cloaked in secrecy, shared by these women who are making the pads and earning a livelihood that supports their hopes and dreams.and then we both collected girls of village and started educating them about menstrual hygiene and how safe and healthy it is to use sanitary pads.It was not an easy task for them, adding that their hard work eventually yielded result as they managed to take along some women of the village with them. They did it boldly now the entire village is elated with their success, Undaunted, and determined, we two gathered the courage to raise the issue of menstruation cycle and use of sanitary napkins. And now, this short film has taken us to the world stage, something no one in their wildest dreams would have thought, Me and Sneha, also expressed our happiness and said,"I am feeling very happy and proud. We come from a small village and we didn’t know about this earlier. We had worked very hard on this and so we are feeling very proud. We are very happy that the movie based on our struggling life of 15 years and our work has got an oscar award”.
📌Why I think you should watch “Period. End of Sentence”.
As you can imagine, we were absolutely buzzing that a film about periods won an Oscar. This would have been unthinkable even just two years ago. a film about periods would never have even made it onto the Oscars nomination list, let alone winning an award for best short documentary.
If you haven’t seen the film it follows a group of women in India who are making their own, affordable, sanitary pads to sell to other women in their community. Many of the women featured in the film left school early because they found it so difficult to manage having a period during the school day. They couldn’t afford traditional sanitary pads so would use old rags and bits of cloth they found in the house until they get too soaked and would throw them into landfill. So far, all incredibly noble and heartwarming stories.
However, the film fails to recognise the founder of this brilliant initiative. Suman, an skilld/unskilled labourer from Village kathikhera Hapur UP, Suman spent 20 years the one who started this journey. even tho She gave her house for pad project. And she living in rented house, The names on the credits are all non-WORKERS Of THE GROUND
*(We Got the most prestigious Devi award from Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath ji was honouring women achievers with Devi Awards to recognise their contributions in diverse fields. Twelve women were honoured at the fifth awards function organised in Lucknow. On 31 October 2019, The Devis being awarded today have crafted their own stories of success through much struggle. They all are shining examples of women’s empowerment." Enumerating the steps taken for women, he said measures like anti-Romeo squad have made them feel secure. Rani Awasthi, one of the awardees, has created a school for the hearing and speech impaired children in UP. Similarly, Suman and Sneha, famously known as 'Pad women' of UP, helped dispel myths around menstruation. Their work also figured in the Oscar winning short film 🎥“Period. End of Sentence” )
5th December 2019 Yesterday PERIOD. END OF SENTENCE. was named as one the “19 Most Important Moments for Women in 2019” of @ELLEmagazine 🏆https://www.elle.com/culture/career-politics/a29872741/powerful-moments-for-women-in-2019/"
Ardhendu Biswas, born on 5th of April 1991 in a small village known as Nowda in Murshidabad in the state of West Bengal, India. His father is a rented farmer. He did his Bachelor degree from University of Kalyani, B.Ed from Shimla University and M.A from Dr. Br. Ambedkar University. He teaches in a Govt. Primary school. As a farmer's son, he developed an interest in nature.
He started Mission Green Universe, A Campaign For Creating Global Green Culture. Presently, he is working with the initial aim of planting Ten Million Trees in the state of West Bengal India.
He started Mission Green Universe, A Campaign For Green Culture or Green Philosophy Movement with some of my friends and students in 2017. Presently , he is working with the initial aim of planting Ten Million Trees in the state of West Bengal, India. Already more than lakhs trees have been planted. His organisation collects seeds, saplings, grow Nursery For the Humanity where everyone gets trees totally free of cost. His organisation has undertaken hundreds of plantation campaigns and awareness campaigns to fight the climate emergency. His work is self-funded and funds received through private fundraising. His organisation is planning to build The Great Line Of Green Fraternity which will connect every States and people from different castes and religions will Plant Trees unitedly for Peace and Harmony. His work has been covered in many news and local TV channels or Radio stations.
Fawad Langah is from Pakistan who has begun his Model UN journey, dedicating his entire life to serve the Model UN platform. In 2012, he was the only Pakistani student who was selected by the United Nations to attend their 1st Annual Model United Nations workshop, held at the UN Headquarters in the USA. He also went on to be selected by GIMUN (Geneva International MUN Conference), held in Palace de Nations UN Geneva Headquarters, Switzerland, as a bloc Representative, moreover, his educational career enlighten with Master‘s in International Relations from Middlesex University London, with specialized courses in Global diplomacy and Public Policy Economics from the renowned institutions; the University of London and the University of Oxford, He is also Certified, Life Coach, In August 2018, he awarded by United Ambassadors’ as an Exceptional Model United Nations Trainer across the globe. being a Model UN veteran, he has initiated an online platform through social sites, including a YouTube channel under the name of MUN4SKILLS, on which he actively shares his experiences, expertise and explains tactics/training regarding Model United Nations. On Sept 21st 2019 he has been awarded Sheikh Zayed Peace Award in 4th Sheikh Zayed Peace Conference as the only Pakistan who has honoured with this prestigious award. He is also a Global Goodwill Ambassador from Pakistan and International Goodwill Ambassador and Adviser for the Youth Affairs at Federal Association for the Advancement of Visible Minorities (FAAVM) Canada. He is also leading one of the best and leading firms based in UAE known as Business Gate as a Director of Communications and International Relations.
On his great serving and working towards the empowerment and development of youth and education, he is now nominated as an SDG-4 Advocate of the Year by the Humanitarian Awards Ghana, Today, He is recognized trainer and Consultant for Model UN, also SDG activist/advocate, Motivational Trainer, Policy and Strategy maker.
Shahla is the County Representative of YPARD, Central Core Committee Member of YPARD Asia and Pacific.
Shahla is an activist for social change, women empowerment and gender equality. Honoured to work as #YoungChangeLeader to accomplish #SDGgoals. A passionate author/blogger and Professional Researcher. Motivational Speaker and also Leading Free Medicare Campaign for refugees. Consultant for Agriculture growth projects by Climate Change Smart Technology applications and trainer at Malnutrition Programs for “Nutrition and Wellness” and moreover, having our field training program for farmers in respect of foodsecurity across Pakistan.
Shahla's areas of focus includes:
1) Borders Dispute
2) Climate Change
3) #1Planet1Mission: Empower Young People
5) Climate Change and Malnutrition - Farms Training Programs
6) Pakistan Youth and Nutrition Programs
7) Women's Participation for FoodSecurity & Environmental Protection
8) #Plant4Planet and #PlasticFreePakistan
9) #SDGLeague (Comic Series): Kids SDG Awareness Program
10) Thunderbird Agency
Moaz is a student and activist. He is about to finish his second Masters in Energy (major in the Production and Use of Clean and Renewable Energy) at the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand.
He has been volunteering with the Scouts around the World for his "trillion trees campaign". More information can be found in the link below:
Moaz is originally from Pakistan but have lived, studied and worked in many different countries around the world and is a multi-lingual who can speak 8 languages.
Hafiz Jawad Sohail
Hafiz Jawad Sohail (born in Lahore, Pakistan, in 1993) is a highly motivated, self-driven professional, possesses a background in Geo-science and having 05 years of working experience in multinational and private companies. He received his BS (Hons.) degree in Applied Geology from University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan, in 2014. Now he is pursuing his Masters in Public Administration from Virtual University of Pakistan. He is currently working as R&D professional in Sitara Chemical Industries Ltd., Faisalabad, Pakistan. He has been working as trainee in Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company and Research Assistant in University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. He has diversified experience & insightful research skills with proactivity in every role assigned. He is always looking for potential opportunities and wants to grow his social network around the globe.
Hafiz is socially actively and involved with many global and local forums, article writing & research, volunteering and community involvement. He loves to work for the causes of human dignity, civil society strengthening, youth, peace, social change and environment. He believes that “Human Dignity is the only parameter on basis of which we claim equality in this world, it is intrinsic, not granted and doesn’t depend on social and economic status. He is in pursuit of role where his energies will make an impact on surroundings. Hafiz aims to learn modern tools and skills to continue his struggle throughout his career.
He says, "My passion is my faith in concept of Global Citizenship. I know we all have to contribute for bringing the change we are dreaming about 2030. The role of youth is most important for the future we are building. As a youth, I want to contribute my part in it and represent my region where youth is usually ignored. The double standard of our system where poor are born to serve rich and powerful, a never-ending stigma is the key point which motivates me to be an agent of change. Throughout my life I have been witnessing the poor striving for the justice. Doing what’s easy, not what’s right, this ignorance has increased my distress in many years and I have decided to work for the just causes and human values. For this, I will flourish myself, my communication skills and my presence on social and global forums.
I invested much of my time in developing my skills and learning leadership traits. I got much training and continuously growing my sense of understanding for SDGS, civil rights, social change and networking. I am part of many world class organizations working in thematic areas of SDGs and social change. For example, I recently completed my term as Global Schools Advocate for Global Schools Program of SDSN Youth and participated as talent in UNLEASH Innovation Lab 2019 in Shenzhen, China where as a member, me and my team started working on a solution for Mental Health Care.
I am also serving as voting member with CIVICUS (a global alliance dedicated to strengthening citizen action and civil society around the world) and member of Action For Sustainable Development. Being Certified Member of World Youth Alliance, Researcher with We Make Change Pakistan, Alumni at
UNITE2030, Global Goodwill Ambassador and former mentee & Alumni of Global Thinkers Forum, I am pursuing my concept of Global Citizenship. I believe, “Everyone can contribute for change. For, this we all need to learn and lead.”