Navya Naveli Nanda, granddaughter of Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan, says she has seen her mother and grandmother take care of their family’s health and in doing so, they both make their health secondary.
In a recent interview, while talking about women’s menstrual cycle, Navya Nanda added that the two, her mother and grandmother are people who are completely hygienic and it is integral to discuss women’s health and rights based on it. It is also important to speak about the patriarchal norms society has set for women and their health.
Navya Nanda is the co-founder of Aara Health, which is focused on women’s hygiene and gender equality in India.
She had previously inaugurated an organization called the Project Naveli, which works to establish gender equality.
She said that she was encouraged to work towards health, especially for women’s health, from her home where her mother and grandmother took special care of her and everyone around.
“I think before even understanding the access to healthcare, it is important to understand how healthcare is viewed by women in general. Women inherently prioritize the health and well being of their family over themselves. I have seen that happen at my own home with my grandmother and my mother. They are the sole caregivers. Because of that, they are always taking care of the family, the husband and the children. I don’t think their own health, mental or physical is a priority. That stems from the gender roles we force as a society and that’s where the patriarchy and misogyny comes in where men have always been the head of the family and breadwinners, and the woman the caretaker. That, I think, has caused a big disparity in terms of how women even look at health and prioritize their own well being.”