I am Barkha and I go by the pronouns she/her. After working for over three years in both corporate and social sector, I found my way to social entrepreneurship very organically. Sexuality Education, in particular, had always been a subject close to heart. The pandemic gave Bhumika and I a great opportunity to reconnect on causes that matter most to us, and that's how The Zero Period came into existence!
For most of us, adolescent and teenage years came with innumerable challenges, and I was no exception to this phenomenon. I can recall times when I felt excrutiating embarassment if someone uttered the word "sex" or "periods", or bullied me for being fat, or peer-pressured me into doing things I didn't feel ready for. But what I did not know back then, was how common these things are! I always felt alone in my feelings, and ashamed to ask adults around me, as I feared their judgement and resentment.
Learning about our bodies, minds and the world can be a complex journey-- but it doesn't necessarily have to be! There is one solution to a range of problems growing children face, which is age-appropriate, medically accurate and non-judgemental sexuality education classes! Something that simple can change a child's life, and I understand its power now.