No distribution of sanitary pads where no proper disposal means available

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Where as,

  • SDG Goal 12 states "By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse", specifically Goal 12 Indicator 12.4.1 states Reduce the use of plastics
  • Goal 14 under UN's Sustainable Development Goals states - "Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources"; 
  • On Feb, 17th, UN Environment declared "War on Plastic" http://www.unep.org/newscentre/un-declares-war-ocean-plastic;
  • In the blog at the UN's Sustainable Development Goals site, there are multiple videos from experts about the plastic pollution in the oceans - http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/blog/2017/06/plastic-pollution-in-the-ocean-is-alarming-experts-say/

Where as,

  • Sanitary pads UNICEF, UNFPA and other UN agencies are distributing are one time disposable pads that are made up of plastic, bleached rayon and cotton in Nepal as indicated by these photos of UNICEF Nepal's facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/unicefnepal/posts/1640102439367845 and additional pictures of distribution from the distribution sites
  • In Terai (southern part of Nepal heavily impacted by flood), there are no sanitary pad incinerators installed for disposal
  • Most of the domestic waste end up in rivers of Terai
  • Rivers are livelihood for fishing community in Terai and the banks of rivers and rivulets are play ground  children
  • There is still extreme practice of caste system, where specific ethnicity will be forced to clean up the clogged rivers and rivulets without proper equipment event as simple as gloves, boots or masks
  • The photos taken on August 22nd 2017, at Hatkhola, Singhiya River in Morang shows the river already littered with plastic waste and the disposable sanitary pads will be yet another additional to the river banks

Where as,

  • From the UN cluster logs, it is understood that many partners in WASH cluster including the UN agencies have already distributed hundreds of dignity kits and are ON-track to procure thousands more to distribute in the Terai region
  • Most of the women in Terai are used to cotton cloth nappies, that are washable and reusable and environmental friendly and already being used since time immemorial

Where as,

We demand UN and other WASH cluster partners, Protection cluster partners and the entire agencies working in relief in Terai right now and for future disaster

  • To remove sanitary pad as one of their relief items immediately from their relief package
  • To introduce items that will facilitate women to better clean their cotton nappies such as washing soaps, or buckets, and drying ropes
  • Introduce environment friendly cotton clothes that costs a LOT less than the sanitary napkins that are being provided. They will be used over and over and over again, until they can't be used anymore. OR introduce environment friendly alternative to disposable sanitary pad that are culturally acceptable
  • Ensure UN itself does not inadvertently dilute its own Sustainable development goal agenda that is much needed
  • Ensure UN - the United Nations does not inadvertently become the sales representative of the multi-billion dollar sanitary towel making industry by forcing sanitary pad on a community that uses environmentally friendly cotton pads

 

 

 

 



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