Rekha Kurup

Standing Tall in her Feminine Power

Women everywhere have been brainwashed into thinking their menstrual cycle is something to be ashamed of. But not Rekha Kurup!

You might’ve seen them sneakily taking sanitary pads to the washroom. Sitting in uncomfortable postures to make sure they don’t stain. Talking about their “time of the month” in code language. Women everywhere have been brainwashed into thinking their menstrual cycle is something to be ashamed of. But not Rekha Kurup!

The stain on her pants in the picture might make some cringe, but she is proud of it. But being comfortable in her own skin didn’t always come this easily to her. “As I grew up from a young girl into a woman, I realised that other than marriage, belonging to a man, and becoming a mother, my body, sexuality, and menstrual cycle held no purpose in the overtly patriarchal world,” she said. And this deeply unsettled her. She grew up feeling dissatisfied, inhibited and objectified. “It was like my spirit was in a cage,” she described. This eventually led to a dramatic series of events wherein she quit her IT career, decided to volunteer at non-profit organisations, separated from her husband, and met her spiritual guru. From here on, Rekha was renewed. A spiritual awakening made her question the do’s and dont’s of a female identity, gender perceptions, cultural and social conditioning, dogmas… everything!

This revelation helped her stand up against the regressive ideas affecting her. She eventually went on to helping other women stand up against them too. And how? Through the aptly named organisation she founded - She Stands Tall. “Gender equality is not about sameness,” she believes. “It’s about acknowledging and honouring the differences!”


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