World in View: Let’s Talk About the Fifth Biggest Killer of Women Worldwide (Part 1)

  • Tuesday, March 9, 2021
  • 10:00 AM- 11:00 AM
  • Zoom link will be provided

A World in View discussion led by Dr. Arpan Yagnik (Penn State) and Dr. Nandini Lakshmikantha (Manipal Academy of Higher Education, India)

This engagement series draws attention to the fifth biggest killer of women globally—lack of menstrual hygiene and management. With its diversity in religion, socio-economic status, languages, cultures, customs, traditions, rituals and most importantly caste, India is an excellent case study for examining menstruation and menstrual hygiene. Here, menstruation is stigmatized and demonized and with it, women are labeled as unholy, impure, unworthy, unstable, unreliable, and unequal. What brand of social justice is this where, globally, many cultures deprives their sisters from attending school and thereby receiving education, their wives or female colleagues from working with dignity and secure their right earn a living, and neglecting menstrual health to the point where the lack of it not only sparks a health crisis but also a social justice controversy?

Dr. Arpan Yagnik is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. He has worked in International Health and Development. He is a TEDx speaker and author of peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and a book. Dr. Yagnik has diverse experience working in academia, industry, and as an entrepreneur. He has been recognized with several awards for his all-round excellence and outstanding achievements. He also enjoys the distinct honor of serving as a commissioner on the Pennsylvania Governor’s Advisory Commission for Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs.

Dr. Nandini Lakshmikantha is a professor and former director at Manipal School of Communication, Manipal Academy of Higher Education in India. She has been in academia for the last 20 years having conducted research in health, religion, Indian cinema, and education. She has authored books and published research papers. In 2015, she earned the DAAD scholarship and went as visiting professor to Hochschule Bremen University (Germany). She has delivered public lectures on health and Indian cinema in universities in Germany and the US. In addition to her academic and research activities, Dr. Lakshmikantha regularly conducts workshops on personality development and gender sensitization for corporate organizations and podcasts her travel experiences.

Please note: Registration for events in this series is required and, given the topics and speakers, we anticipate interest to be high. For this reason, each event is limited to 25 students and early registration is strongly encouraged. Scholar attendees will receive a complimentary electronic gift card.

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