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Komal Yadav: Highlighting the Strengths of Girls’ and Women’s Health

Komal Yadav: Highlighting the Strengths of Girls’ and Women’s Health
Komal: Menstruation is closely connected with the possibility of future motherhood. While my society extolls motherhood, it looks down on menstruation to the extent that the menstruating girls or women are generally considered pariahs. Females are made to feel ashamed and somehow ‘less’. This mistreatment is because of a lack of knowledge and, often, long-held superstitions. I started Project UnMukt to change things for those who go unheard, for those who hesitate to speak, for those who choose not to share, and for those who suppress their emotions and silently carry their ‘burden’. We aim to make their voices heard, build their confidence, and inspire them to be happy with their bodies and minds.

Jana Paremoud: Outdoor Adventures Offer Connections to Nature and Comrades

Jana Paremoud: Outdoor Adventures Offer Connections to Nature and Comrades
Jana: People are feeling increasingly disconnected and isolated, especially as a result of the pandemic. Adventure Untamed helps people of all fitness and experience levels connect with nature and other people, and engage their sense of curiosity. A number of participants have told us that connecting with nature and engaging with others, in some cases for the first time since the pandemic began, helped their mental wellness. It helped them cope with loss and isolation. Getting back to basics by engaging with our natural surroundings, being mindful, and being curious bring joy and hope to people's lives. We have trips that span the spectrum of abilities and experiences, so someone can join as a first-time hiker or an experienced mountaineer.