Guneet Monga on winning Oscar for 'Period. End Of Sentence': Here's to girl power, let’s go change the world

Guneet Monga (R) at the award ceremony and a poster of 'Period. End Of Sentence'. Photograph:( WION Web Team )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 25, 2019, 11.25 AM (IST)

It was a proud moment for India at the Oscars as India-based 'Period-End Of Sentence' won the Oscar for Best Documentary Short on SUnday night. Co-produced by Guneet Monga's Shikhya Entertainment, the film was about  the deep stigma associated with menstruation and delving upon the work of real life Pad Man Arunachalam Muruganantham. 

Guneet Monga has executive produced and her production firm Sikhya has co-produced the short. Monga has produced films like 'Gangs Of Wasseypur', 'Haraamkhor' and 'The Lunchbox' in the past. 

Post win, an estatic Monga said “Thank you to the Academy for the highest honour and for recognising the efforts of the young girls from Oakwood school in LA to Kathikera in UP in helping us shatter the glass ceiling. Periods are normal and in no way do they stops us from achieving anything. This has been more than 10 years of work of Action India run by Gauri Chaudhary on educating reproductive rights on the ground in many villages. Feminist Majority Movement and Girls learn International have been pushing this cause in US. 

Every girl in India or anywhere around the world needs to know this and hear this loud and clear. Period is an end of a sentence but not a girl’s eduction."

Thanking her partners, Monga added, "I am honoured and absolutely humbled to partner with Melissa and Rayka in making our short documentary happen. Mandakini Kakar from Sikhya was on the floor working with the film and is the voice of the film too. And thank you Stacey Sher and Lisa Taback for supporting this massive dream. And thank you NETFLIX truly putting us on the map! Here is to more girl power... I really want every girl to know that each one of them is a goddess. 

Now, that we have an oscar, Let’s go change the world.”

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"Every girl needs to know this and hear this loud and clear. Period is an end of a sentence but not a girl’s eduction," Monga said after the win.