For 4 years I used the same brand of sanitary pads - Whisper.
And I became conditioned to do exactly that.
Needed a pad? I whispered.
Got unbearable cramps? I whispered.
Raised my voice? No, I whispered.
At age 16, I finally mustered the courage to challenge the status quo in my small ways. I started reasoning with friends who hid the tampon on the underside of their sleeves; I explained how natural periods are to women forced to stay at home for 5 days each month; I argued with gynecologists who denied consultancy to trans-persons; and I donated pads to women who used newspapers and rags as alternatives in areas around me, amongst other things.
I yearned to build a community to join me to celebrate periods for the natural phenomena it is, and founded Fullstopp.
Today, we're an entirely Gen-Z run nonprofit part of a larger global movement thriving to change the world - one period at a time - and ensure that menstruators don't whisper, but ROAR. Here's me saying a huge thank you to everyone who believes in our vision and helps us bring it to life on a daily basis. I don't have enough words to express my gratitude :)
- Anjali Surana, Fullstopp Founder