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