It is relatively easy to talk of change but to be the change requires a lot of courage and conviction. Aditi Gupta brought that change by being the change herself. Menstruation! A topic which when talked about in public receives a lot of critiquing eyes disapproving the mention of this topic further.
Aditi Gupta is an Indian author and also the co-founder of Menstrupedia comic, a comic that aims to raise menstruation awareness among different strata of society. Aditi herself was born at Garhwa in Jharkhand. She got her menarche at the age of 12. But before the age of 15, she did not understand the significance and awareness related to menstruation.
She was treated differently on the days she would have menstruation. She was almost made to feel as if menstruation was a gross thing. She was not even allowed to use sanitary napkins as it would bring dishonour to her family reputation according to popular belief.
She got her post-graduation from the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad. She met Tuhin Paul, her batchmate and they together founded the Menstrupedia comic as an initiative to raise awareness regarding menstruation hygiene. They discovered that a majority of the population, irrespective of which class they belong or any other distinction lacked knowledge regarding menstruation.
Their initiative was celebrated by many and their comics were becoming popular. From other NGOs to schools and even Buddhist monasteries, their works reached several heights.
After a year’s research on the subject, finally, in 2012, she with her husband founded the Menstrupedia. Their project started to grow and reached a wide range of audiences. It was classified as a website that provided information on puberty and sexuality to teenagers and the ones in the threshold of teenage. It had also received criticism from many for speaking of a subject which are considered taboo in our society but the amount of love, it has received overwhelmed the negativities. She was listed in Forbes India Under 30 List in 2014.