Meet Pune’s ‘Periodman’ who fights for menstrual hygiene

Nikam’s journey began in 2011, when he met a girl named Roshni in Assam. Roshni was not allowed to attend school during her periods. The following year, in 2012, Nikam set-up an NGO on her name to spread awareness on menstrual hygiene.

Pravin Nikam’s extensive work for spreading menstrual hygiene awareness has given him recognition not just locally, but also globally.

Nikam’s journey began in 2011, when he met a girl named Roshni in Assam. Roshni was not allowed to attend school during her menstrual periods.

Failing to understand this mind set, Nikam took it upon himself to break the conventional thinking. At 18, unlike many others of his age, Nikam fought against the villagers for Roshni’s rights.

This was a turning point in Nikam’s life as he decided to educate children and improve awareness regarding women’s health.

The following year, in 2012, Nikam set-up an NGO called Roshni.

Meet Pune's 'Periodman' who fights for menstrual rights
Pravin Nikam

 

Pravin Nikam, founder President of Roshni Foundation which works in field of sanitation and education of the marginalised in Pune, is pursing law in D. E. S. Nawalmal Firodiya Law college, Pune. He hails from Satara district of Maharashtra and is working with Roshni since last six years. He founded Roshni when he was merely 18-year-old. He has trained many women in the city, mostly slum-dwellers, about menstrual hygiene.

Nikam is also trained by Babasaheb Ambedkar Research and Training Institute, (BARTI), on gender equality related issues. He has been delivering workshops in the field of menstrual hygiene in different parts of Maharashtra. Recently he also received National Youth Award at the hands of Prime Minister.

He is also one of the recipients of Maharashtra state youth award for the year 2016-17. He is Asia Regional Representative at Commonwealth Youth Council.

He also provides readers and writers for blind students in the city. He has also been working for informal schooling for the street children. The project, which he is running for the street children, is called ‘red signal’. His aim is to bring street children in the mainstream education system.

While sharing his future plans, Nikam says that he wants to work in the area of policy level interventions. As Asia Regional Representative at Commonwealth Youth Council he wants to work in all the 53 Asian countries on the topic of menstrual health. He wants to pursue LLM in future.