Kavya Menon

Trustee , AWARE India Trust


Actively involved in research, advocacy, field work and policy formulation works on Environmental Sustainability & Gender Sensitization. Current focus area is Sustainable Menstruation, and promotes dialogue around Socio-political, Health & Hygiene, Environmental impact and Empowerment to choose the right menstrual management product. Sessions conducted are gender and age inclusive. A key member of Green the Red campaign, a pan-India movement on Sustainable Menstruation Sessions Offered Menstrual Awareness – Training of Trainer, Awareness Sessions (basic and advanced), Aviva Method training (natural healing method for female reproductive health disorders), Cloth pad making Gender Sensitisation – Training of Trainer, Awareness Sessions (basic and advanced) – on addressing gender based violence, by-stander intervention, Empower – emotional empowerment and self-defense workshops Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse – Training of Trainer, Awareness Sessions (basic and advanced) for children, parents, and adults Invited Speaker/Sessions (selected venues)

• Youth Day event organized in collaboration with the United Nations, 2015, Hyderabad
• QIP for Science Teachers (classes 8-12), Nagapattinam district – Dept. Of Education, 2015
• Guest Speaker at Manithi Veliye Va, Talkathon on Gender Sensitisation, 2017, Chennai
• Expert Talk Session at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, 2017,Kochi
• Alumni Speak event, IIT Madras Alumni Association, 2017, Chennai
• Panelist for “Me Too”, live phone-in program, Mangalam Channel, 2018
• Guest Speaker, Trek Polama 2018, Annual Summit of Chennai Trekking Club, Chennai
• Panelist – Menstrual Hygiene, Raahat Sanitation Conference, 2018, Delhi
• Judge – Biomimicry contest, SAE India, All India Level, 2018, Hyderabad
• Educator – Continuing Medical Education, Balaji Medical College, 2018, Chennai

Campaigns Conducted
• Menstrual Hygiene Day, 28th May – Walkathon, Besant Nagar Beach, Chennai (2015 –„18)
• Power of Girl: Int‟l Day of Girl Child, 11th Oct, 2015 – Workshop for girls in Vedaranyam Municipality
• Aarthava Yaanam, 2017 – First travelling campaign ever to promote Sustainable Menstruation, (14 districts, 32 venues, 20,000 people, all over Kerala)

Certifications & Fellowships
• Integrated Approaches for Sustainable Waste & Water Management – RWTH, Germany, 2013
• Environmental Impact Assessment of Renewable Energy Projects – CSE, Delhi, 2015
• Youth For India Fellowship – SBI, 2014-15
• Model Youth Parliament Fellowship on Policy Analysis & Governance – 2016
• Selected among top ten Malayali women, who have impacted the world, in She News Awards, 2018

Selected Publications
• Menstrual Safety for Teens, Vol. 6, Jul 2017, Parents World Magazine
• Use, Throw and Forget, Or Do We