In the programme “Cramp Swap,” presented by the Sociology Department of St. Aloysius College (Autonomous) Mangaluru on Wednesday, February 8th, history was made when the first period pain simulator was unveiled.
The head of the sociology department, prof. Joan Rita O’Brien, welcomed the audience and shared her own experience with period cramps, illustrating how challenging it is for a woman to experience this pain while also taking care of her household or professional obligations while she menstruates monthly.
The first period simulator in Karnataka was introduced by the event’s chief guest, Dr. Sandra Sunitha Lobo (HOD – Department of Psychology, School of Social Work, Roshini Nilaya), and the president of the programme, Dr. Praveen Martis SJ (Principal, St. Aloysius College (Autonomous), Mangaluru. Dr. Allwyn D’Sa, the Registrar, Dr. Charles Furtado, the Director of the administrative block, and Dr. Rose Veera D’Souza, the Dean of the faculty of arts, were also present.
In his presidential address, Dr. Praveen Martis, principal of St. Aloysius College, stated that “women face this discomfort every month, which is not easy. Men ought to be sensitive enough to feel such suffering. The majority of the time, society is patriarchal and dominated by men. Due to social pressure, women are unable to express their emotions. Men should respect their female partners and try to understand them. Women ought to feel comfortable strolling at midnight. But it still doesn’t take place. Consider others as your brothers and sisters, and you will undoubtedly contribute to changing society.
Mrs. Savitha D’Souza, an assistant professor in the department of sociology, gave the vote of gratitude, while Jissmon, a student, served as the event’s emcee.
Following the formal event, volunteers from the staff and students were given the chance to use the simulator to simulate the pain of period cramps. Some people found the period pain simulator to be intolerable, while others found it to be eye-opening. Many people were unable to handle the simulator’s maximum level of agony. The lecture closed with a wealth of information about the struggles women face throughout their periods.