CIS recognises the outstanding work being done by students in CIS Member Schools that promote global citizenship and the development of international awareness in their communities.
Ananya Sri Maskara, from The British School, New Delhi, India received the CIS International Student Award.
Project: 7th Period
Ananya is to be recognized for her community service initiative over the last two years. On her own accord, she began 7th period, a social initiative aimed at decreasing the stigma around sanitary napkins for students across Delhi. Through providing girls between the ages of 12-18 (Class VI-Class XII) with sanitary napkins, her aim was to increase access to sanitary napkins, while simultaneously decreasing the stigma and negative attitudes towards the natural process of menstruation. Every month Ananya goes to the 'Khushii' foundation to distribute 100 packets of sanitary pads to the girls there and educate them upon the importance of menstrual hygiene and how they can too felicitate conversations in their homes to help spread awareness. To pay for the sanitary napkins she has been selling handmade candles for rupees 200 per piece. This not only funds the project but it creates conversation and dialogue. For this initiative, she will be receiving a Young Leader Award from the Women's Economic Forum on May 1st and will also be speaking in two parallel sessions. Furthermore, she met President Justin Trudeau when he was in India on February 22nd as part of the Youth Leaders programme.
You can view all recipients of the International Student Award on the CIS website.