Restless Development’s UK Multimedia lead, Thom Flint, recently visited our colleagues in India. He found out more about the extraordinary work our young people are doing there to break down the stigma around periods. Here he let’s us in on the ten easy-to-get-hold-of items that were essential to running their workshops:

1. Posters

To give your workshop groups some basic info. (Seek permission from the wall-owner before using sticky tape though.)

To give your workshop groups some basic info. (Seek permission from the wall-owner before using sticky tape, though.)

2. Flip chart paper and pens

To allow the group to share their ideas. (Also vital ingredients for any successful workshop anywhere in the world.)

To allow the group to share their ideas. (Also vital ingredients for any successful workshop anywhere in the world.)

3. Sticky tape

To attach aforementioned poster to a wall. (Restless Development accept no responsibility for damage caused to walls from the use of sticky tape.)

To attach aforementioned poster to a wall. (Restless Development accept no responsibility for damage caused to walls from the use of sticky tape.)

4. A mobile phone

To log how many young people attended your sessions using your very own custom-made app.

To log how many young people attended your sessions using your very own custom-made app. (We <3 data.)

5. Notebooks

To make notes about your workshop in so you can run an even better workshop next time. (Restless Development branding optional.)

To make notes about your workshop in, so you can run it even better next time. (Restless Development branding optional.)

6. Information to hand out

To make sure your group go away with some information in hand. (Also an excuse to use the word 'pamphlet' which is always satisfying.)

To make sure your group go away with some information in hand. (Also an excuse to use the word ‘pamphlet’ which is always satisfying.)

7. A session plan

A volunteer removes a session plan from her backpack

To refer to in case you forget what comes next. (It’s also full of really useful stats and fun games!)

8. A scarf

Arti demonstrates how to use the scarf

To denote who’s turn it is to talk. (As perfectly demonstrated by Arti above.)

9. Backpacks

To hold all of the above. (But not the one remaining item - nothing can hold that...)

To hold all of the above. (But not the one remaining item below – nothing can hold that…)

10. Some serious Youth Power

To completely smash the stigma around periods, all over the world.

To completely smash the stigma around periods, all over the world. (With thanks to Raj, Arti, Jyoti, Kishan, Nisha and Saif.)

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