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Wednesday, April 7 • 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Health Literacy: Designing for Taboo Topics as a Step Towards Holistic Health and Well-Being

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Taboos are like ‘’open public secrets’’ and often dealing with these topics can be challenging due to the negative societal view. However, taboos can have a strong impact on the well-being of people, therefore, addressing these subjects is of high importance. In my talk I would share seven building blocks to design for taboo topics. These blocks were identified during my master thesis desk and field research project on the taboo of menstruation in India. Menstruation is a taboo that is prevalent worldwide, but in the low and middle income countries such as India, it has an even stronger negative impact on the lives of women. It is a subject that women deal with in secrecy and shame, often without involving men into the subject. However, India is a patriarchal country where men have a direct impact on the lives of women and the way women conduct their periods. Though efforts do exist to deal with the issue of menstruation, none so far have a focus on the stigma and shame that prevent from dealing with the subject openly. Through the talk I would describe the seven building blocks by showcasing them through my project on menstruation.

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Amy Wicks

Managing Director, Content Strategy, Mad*Pow
A good beginning is half the job. - Slovak ProverbIt’s no surprise that someone who began her career as an English teacher and native-speaker-for-hire in Bratislava, Slovakia, describes herself as curious about people’s journeys. Amy Wicks’ unique journey started in Montana... Read More →

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Petra Salaric

PhD student, TU Delft Alumni I Loughborough University
Petra Salaric was born in Zagreb, Croatia in 1993. She received her BA from the School of Design in Zagreb, with a major in Product Design. After various internships from different areas of art and design, she graduated with cum laude from Delft University of Technology. The focus... Read More →

Wednesday April 7, 2021 2:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
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