Petition to Himanta Biswa Sharma for providing sanitary napkins at a nominal cost
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In India, menstruation and menstrual practices are clouded by taboos and socio-cultural restrictions for women as well as adolescent girls. India has not yet come to terms in understanding the basic needs of woman and Males have not yet accepted the fact that it is a natural process and not a taboo.so, women and girls have limited access to safe sanitary products and facilities. It is believed to be one of the reasons for constrained school attendance, high dropout rates and ill health due to infection. women are vulnerable to disease by not practicing hygienic menstrual practice.In Assam, a similar scenario prevails. a large population of Assam does not use sanitary napkins.
Impact of unhygienic sanitary practices on women’s health
Poor menstrual hygiene can cause fungal infections, Reproductive Tract Infection (RTI) and Urinary Tract Infection (UTI). Unhygienic practices also leave women vulnerable to infertility.
A few statistical facts on women’s health related to sanitary hygiene
Of the 355 million menstruating women in India, only 12 per cent use sanitary pads.
Over 88 percent of women resorted to shocking alternatives such as cloth, sand, ashes, and husk during menstruation, thereby causing severe reproductive health problems.
The incidence of Reproductive Tract Infection (RTI) was 70 percent more common among women with unhygienic sanitary practices.
97 per cent gynecologists surveyed believe that sanitary pads can act as a preventive measure against reproductive tract infection.
The biggest barrier to adoption of quality sanitary pads in India turned out to be ‘affordability’ and ‘accessibility’. Nearly 70 percent of women said that their families cannot afford sanitary pads. so, keeping this stats in mind, we can imagine the figure in Assam.
The production and distribution of eco-friendly sanitary napkins to women and girls at a nominal rate. This will
- add stimulus to the reach of the product
- also, help the organization involved in the production of these pads i.e employment generation
- decrease health problems, attendance problems
What the Assam government needs to do
Many states like Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Bihar, Rajasthan, and Puducherry have already taken similar initiatives to promote menstrual hygiene among adolescent girls and women.So, Assam government can supply eco-friendly sanitary napkins to the below poverty line (BPL) girls/women at a nominal cost of Rs.1 per pack of six while those girls/women living above poverty line (APL) will have to pay Rs.5 per pack as it is essential for every adolescent girls and woman.
this step will be a major step in improving women health.
I request one and all to sign the petition to make to make sanitary napkins affordable by all.
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