At the outset let me thank all of you for your overwhelming response, support and suggestions on my previous blog Step Towards Literate India Campaign.
**Holding a sanitary napkin packet in hand is not for any kind of promotions, rather I am trying to highlight the burning issues in our rural and less developed Indian society.
This is my first step towards #literateindiacampaign is to create awareness of good Menstrual hygiene among deprived and less privileged woman and young girls -The strength of India on world ‘Menstrual Hygiene Day’. May 28th is ‘Menstrual Hygiene Day’ . The day was chosen for MH day because May is the 5th Month of the year and women’s periods lasts an average of 5 days and the date was chosen because the cycle is 28 days . I decided to dedicate a day to educate women about the importance of menstruation hygiene.
Today I visited a place in Turbhe area, Mumbai. During the campaign, it’s sad to know that most of the women reuse their hand made fabric due to lack of resources. These are not safe in terms of hygiene and pose a woman catching genital infection. Girls were not comfortable to talk about it, Menstruation is a word which is not even completely acceptable to be spoken out in public.. Through this campaign we are trying to influence their mindset positively and give them the confidence to approach the government health facilities without shame and embarrassment. In addition to that we also narrating them about poor hygiene that can cause fungal infections, reproductive tract infection, urinary tract infection, cervical cancer and infertility. Distributed Sanitary napkins and We are also raising awareness as how to dispose used sanitary napkin so that it cannot create any environmental hazards.
In a move to improve menstrual hygiene practices in India, The government is launching bio-degradable sanitary pads- ‘Suvidha’ at a price of Rs.10 (for 4 pads approx.) for health security of women specially for those who are underprivileged and are in rural society of India according to Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers Ananth Kumar. And it will be available at all Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana stores from May-end.
We all the women should try to use bio-degradable sanitary napkins and take care of its disposition to keep the environment clean and it will be a great step to make India greener.
On this occasion of ‘Menstrual Hygiene Day’ let’s step forward to educate our maids and other household workers, the problem will be eradicated from its root itself.
“SWASTH REHEGI DESH KI MAHILAYAYEN, TABHI TO DESH AAGE BADEGHA”