Sanitary Pads for underprivileged Girls
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Menstruation taboos have firm roots in the Indian society. This has resulted in negligible discussion on the subject in families leading to minimum information sharing towards the need of menstrual hygiene system in vast sections of the society. These taboos are the cause of leading health problems among women and adversely affect their education and overall development.
Lack of knowledge about the process of menstruation and hygiene coupled with a large population lying in the low per capita income group ends up in shocking statistics in India. More than 11 crores adolescent girls are vulnerable to poor menstrual hygiene. 87% girls use old unhygienic clothes as absorbents during their periods, whereas 8% have never even heard of sanitary pads. Based on official studies, 60% girls miss school on account of menstruation.
Lot of girls are even forced to use natural materials like mud, cow dung and natural leaves when they menstruate. These unhygienic materials put women at risk of reproductive tract infections leading to deadly diseases like cervical cancer.
Constant ignorance towards this natural phenomenon has been harming the health & dignity of women since long.
Government, NGOs and even a few celebrities have been accelerating efforts towards menstrual hygiene and sanitation but despite those efforts, not even fifty percent girls in the country have access to sanitary napkins. Visible change in statistics is a far dream because of very distant finish line. Large scale movement with simultaneous efforts in multiple directions is needed.
We call upon the general public to understand the need. If each person can pledge and donate sanitary pads to 1 girl every month, it can bring a huge change. Will you say -
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