Our Goal

“Our mission is to eradicate menstrual poverty & remove taboo associated with menstrual cycle in Indian society and create awareness amongst both men and women. We want women to celebrate periods rather than feeling embarrassed and hiding”.

“Our vision is to make harmful chemical free, rash free, eco-friendly pad available to every Indian woman at affordable prices”.

 
Trusted partner of every woman for a journey of 40 years from “Puberty to Menopause”.

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Meet The Thought Provokers

Stepup team is a result of selfless efforts of more than 1400 volunteers and sheer endeavors of four pillars of success.

Meet The Thought Provokers Stepup team is a result of selfless efforts of more than 1400 volunteers and sheer endeavors of four pillars of success.

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Swapnil Shirsekar

Founder & Director
(Padman of Maharashtra)

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Amit Kumar Khemani

Director
StepUp Arogyam India Pvt Ltd

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Yati Raut

Founder & CEO
StepUp Foundation

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Story of Padman of Maharashtra

Pained by personal loss of a dear one due to poor menstrual hygiene and awareness, Swapnil started the journey of exploring the subject. He was shocked to know, how our girls and women hide their periods and are embarrassed to talk anything around periods even to the closest family members. This leads to poor female hygiene which most times end up damaging women’s body in form of several diseases.

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He took up a mission to create awareness about the matter in his family, friends and close circles. Seeing the poor state of affairs, he enlarged the vision to larger society. He ensured that awareness programs are not gender specific & are attended by males too. This way he started the movement of removing menstrual taboo.

He found out in this journey that many women who are lucky enough to afford pads are actually playing with their health, as most pads contain plastics, harmful chemicals such as Dioxin, SAP etc, which reacts with period blood and causes PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) and cervical cancer.

Thus, he decided to make a pad which is free from harmful chemicals. His immense effort & support of StepUp team has led us to create StepUp sanitary napkins.

He has conducted 3500 workshops in schools, societies and companies throughout Maharashtra including interior villages. Almost 3.5 lakhs men and women have participated in these workshops. In this mission, he has been joined by his sister Yati, who is now known as “Yati Didi” by many.

Given his efforts, He received recognition as ‘Padman of Maharashtra’ by many institution & NGOs. He has been facilitated in Pune on “Rashtrabandhu Rajeevbhai Dixit Inspiration Day”.

Meet The Initiators

We began from a team of 4 to 1400 with a conviction to change the menstrual condition in India. We invite you to hold the baton of change & join us as a volunteer today. You can also invite us at your school or college to conduct free menstrual awareness campaigns. 

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We want girls and women to celebrate their periods!

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