11Yr Old WhiteHat Jr Student Creates Menstruation App
11-year-old Ahmedabad girl attempts to break the taboo around menstruation; creates an app for girls to have better access to information
Aayesha Goyal, Free Flo App
Menstruation, while a completely normal biological process, is also a topic that is not openly discussed in our country because of multiple reasons. For young girls, menstruation can be an extremely stressful time of the month. The taboos associated with the subject make it difficult for young girls experiencing menstruation to access information that could help them understand the changes their bodies undergo during that time of the month. Aayesha Goyal, an 11-year-old girl from Ahmedabad in Gujarat, saw her friends struggling with the same issue and decided to create an app called ‘Free Flo’ which is an easy-to-use, one-stop-destination for key information about menstruation and also provides girls with the option of tracking their cycle.
Speaking about the app, WhiteHat Jr student Aayesha Goyal said, “Young girls often find it very difficult to talk to adults about menstruation. The taboo surrounding the topic means that they have limited opportunities to ask a trusted adult all the queries they may have about the menstrual cycle. I have seen my friends struggling to understand why their body is going through certain changes. They wanted to know more but didn’t know whom to turn to. In fact, most apps focusing on menstruation are geared towards adult women and not towards young girls. That’s where I got the idea of creating an app that would function as a repository of information regarding menstrual health. Along with that, I added more features, such as tracking period dates and a chatbot to answer queries related to issues associated with menstruation such as backache, acne and cramps.”
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