Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar, who is on a humanitarian world tour on menstrual hygiene said the onus doesn't lie on the politicians alone to drive change. All pictures/Yogen Shah
Manushi Chhillar was accompanied by Julia Morley, Chairman and CEO, Miss World, former Miss World Stephanie Del Valle and six Miss World Continental winners -- from England, Mexico, Kenya, Korea, Jamaica and New Zealand
A cause close to Manushi chhillar's heart, creating awareness on menstrual hygiene was a social project presented by her at the Miss World contest. It also won her the Beauty with a Purpose title
Taking it forward globally, Manushi Chhillar is moving city-to-city and country-to-country spreading the message that 'Freedom From Shame' of menstruation is essential for healthy and happier women
Manushi Chhillar said while there's a lot that can happen if all political parties prioritise menstrual hygiene in their manifestos, but it's not about "just politicians"
Manushi Chhillar reminded how when she visited her home state Haryana after her victory at the beauty pageant, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had announced to arrange for free supply of sanitary napkins to girls in state schools
"Every individual has a social responsibilty. That can push for change in the society," Manushi Chhillar told the media.
Beauty queens from Kenya, Korea and Jamaica said the stigma around menstruation is a global problem, and they are confident that initiatives such as the world tour will bring about a change