Petition to Ministry of Health and Family welfare
Free sanitary napkins in rural India
In rural India , only 18% females have access to hygienic means of managing menstruation. The rest of them use old rags, wood shavings or sometimes even ash as a substitute. Even those who use rags , because of taboos, don't dry them in sunlight but in dark and damp places which makes them susceptible to infections. The previous schemes launched by the government to provide sanitary napkins have not been successful either due to lack of funds. Girls received only 5 to 6 pads per month, contradicting the required number of 12 to 20 pads per period. Because of this, many girls drop out of school and are unable to get the very right to education. It is important for men to show equal support in order to achieve this and everyone who signs this petition contributes to a revolutionary change. #ICanChange
Petition to Arun Jaitley, Narendra Modi, Ministry of Health and Family welfare, Ministry of Finance
Include Sanitary Napkins in GST Exemption List
Menstruation. Periods. Menses. All these tabooed words lead to one thing - procreation. For an average of about 39 years, almost every single woman in the world has to bleed for around 5 days a month. While it may sound disgusting, this is what allows women to have healthy and functioning reproductory organs. While procreation is celebrated in India, its' hygiene is not. Menstruation is unavoidable. BUT menstruation prices are being avoided by the Indian Government. There is a need to protect girls and women from severe UTIs. Is it completely alright for 88 percent of girls in India to re-use unsanitary cloth, dry leaves, newspapers, husk sand, straw and plastic during menstruation? Only 12% of India's 355 million menstruating women use sanitary napkins and this is only because they can afford to. Incidents of Reproductive Tract Infection is 70% more common among those women who don't use sanitary napkins. "Sanitary Protection: Every Woman's Health Right" a study by AC Nielsen also states that about 70% of women in India cannot afford Sanitary Napkins. So many girls cannot afford this basic humane, hygienic right because of high taxes on something as basic as a sanitary napkin. Isn't the health of all daughters, mothers, sisters important, or only the health of 12% of women who can afford it? In the present GST, "Sanitary towels, tampons, sanitary napkins" have been placed in the second slab. The tax levied on sanitary napkins can vary from 12 to 14.5 percent, it can also vary from state to state. It is our humble request to include Sanitary Napkins in the exempted list of GST as it is not a luxury but a necessity.
Petition to Swapnil Shirsekar, Step Up India, StepUp Foundation
Vote for Menstrual Brother, runs a campaign Menstrual Hygiene Management & Awareness
Women are far more superior than men because they have that one power... power to give birth to a new life... At the same time I (Swapnil Shirsekar) understood that the phenomenon that offers this power to a woman is always given less attention. The phenomenon is not other than 'Blooded Menstruation'. I observed that it is the subject that is not talked about in public, or even in a family. Every woman, every family eagerly waits for the arrival of a new baby in their home, but unfortunately everybody feels awkward speaking about the power of menstruation. If this is the case in a city like suburbs, how horrible must be the situation in my own rural areas? Then I decided to come forward to work against this social untouched taboo. I started meeting students from schools and colleges. I started meeting different people from different organizations. I started encouraging girls and women to speak about menstruation. I started educating them that menstruation is normal and healthy. I started educating educated girls and women about menstrual hygiene. We are a group of local youth in Vasai Region Palghar District, and we have recently set up a community group STEPUP FOUNDATION running free Awareness Campaign on “Menstrual Hygiene Management & Awareness programs in Maharashtra” for the adolescence Girl child and for every woman who really need this awareness in the area. We were mainly inspired to start the foundation because some of our Girl Children often got into trouble at school, and didn’t find it very easy to make availability of sanitary napkins when it was needed on time of emergency. Support us: http://bit.ly/SupportStepUpIndia
Petition to United Nations, United Nations Development Program, Government of Pakistan
Sanitary Napkins should be free for School Girls in Pakistan #MakeItFree
Pakistan is described as among the world’s worst performing countries in education especially in girl children education. Over 3 million girls are out of school in Pakistan and when ask a girl child father why she is out of school? So her father says whether I educate her or feed her?, as 6.8 to 7.6 million families are living in poverty so now anyone can understand that how uneducated young girl can afford to buy sanitary napkins in Pakistan as 8 percent girls have right to participate in own health care decisions so If a girl child father is making choice to choose between education and food for her so How he would pay 20 sanitary napkins for her in Rs.400/=. In Pakistan Girls are not only paying the government extra taxes to have periods as in way of buying feminine hygiene products but also the cost of Sanitary napkins are extremely high. Schoolgirls have no access to earn extra income in Pakistan so how they can buy seven sanitary napkins pack in 150 to 240 Pakistani Rupees. In Pakistan, Girls are force to shut their mouth for even asking a sanitary product openly at shops and that's why shopkeepers charge the cost of their choice and this is the reason that cost of sanitary napkins are not same across the Pakistan. Schoolgirls have no enough money to buy feminine hygiene products and thereby most of schoolgirls in Pakistan don’t even have an idea about the feminine hygiene and if they will not maintain cleanliness and hygiene so that not only does it impact their health but also can cause of prevent certain diseases like UTIs or yeast infections. Talking about menstrual hygiene is like a sin in Pakistan that’s why Teachers unwillingness to discuss menstrual hygiene. Schoolgirls feel discomfort while changing, cleaning & drying of re-useable menstrual clothes as they are unable to afford conventional sanitary pads. So we request UN and Pakistan Government to make it free sanitary napkins for schoolgirls so we can improve their health as cutting down the taxes won’t play a vital role to bring change in the health of a girl.