Menstruation is a subject that has culturally been considered a taboo and is entrenched with misconceptions and disregard, with little cognizance of the hazards of inadequate menstrual protection. The Project will highlight how the subject of feminine hygiene is grossly neglected at all levels.
Marcella D’Souza is the Executive Director of the Watershed Organization Trust (WOTR) since 2006. A physician by education she opted for Community Health early in her career. Marcella is an alumnus of the Government Medical College, Nagpur and a Takemi Fellow of the Harvard School of Public Health.
Of the almost 3 decades in rural areas, six initial years were spent on the Andes in Peru in community health and she is with WOTR since 1995. As programme coordinator for women’s promotion in the Indo-German Watershed Development Programme Marcella developed the pedagogy to integrate the community health, gender concerns and women’s empowerment in the mainly male dominated land-based, technical watershed development. She coordinated the development of the Wasundhara Approach for bridging equity in development that won WOTR the Kyoto World Water Grand prize in 2009. As executive director, Marcella blends a reflective process into development implementation by integrating applied and action research processes in project design. The varying weather patterns observed triggered WOTR’s Climate Change Adaptation project in 2009 that looks at systems and interconnectedness to find answers. Marcella leads some of the research work here.