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Petition to Tina Dabi

DC Jaisalmer: Install Incinerators and Vending Machines in Govt. Schools #aaobolenperiod

Imagine your younger self, when you are still a 13 years old child, living with your parents, having all kinds of aspirations about your bright future and not having a worry about the day. Now imagine a child who lives just 30 kms away from Line of Control at Jaisalmer, and walks 6 kilometers to her schools in the scorching heart of Thar Desert and still manages to get good grades.  Meet Rinki (name changed), a 13 years old adolescent who lives in the desert district of Rajasthan and aspires to be an IPS one day. She is a scholar in her school and loves debating and singing Patriotic Songs on important days. Currently, she is in VII standard and is in the process of transitioning into the final chapter of her Elementary Education.  Rinki is the eldest among 5 siblings, who wakes up before 4 am helps her mother cook food on an hearth, washes the cattles and milks the cows and then walks more than 6 kms by foot in the scorching heat of Thar, and still manages to score the highest among her classmates. She is currently aiming for 'Gargi Puruskar' that is awarded to the meritorious female students of class X & XII.  Her parents told me that they have finalized her matrimony with an elder man of 35 years who can easily take care of her and of her future children. Like her there are many other girls who have to go through similar situations, due to the unavailability of close by schools and lack of proper amenities like Sanitation and Water Facilities for growing girls, who then have to drop-out of their schools. According to the 2011 census, the School Dropout Rate of girls in the age of 6-16 was found to be 69.390 %, which saw an increase from 69.050% in 2010. Moreover, the Pandemic has aggravated the dropout rate in the State and according to data observed by UDISE+ 2020-21 and 2021-22, around 481272 children dropped out of Schools in Rajasthan. One out of five girls in the crucial age of 15-16 years of age dropped out of school in Rajasthan, yet alone in the Aspirational District of Jaisalmer. According to the ASER report, 20.1% of girls dropped out of schools leading to sharp decline in girl’s enrollment in higher educational institutes. Most of the girls in the age group of 13-16 are either enrolled in Elementary or  Secondary Classes, who once hitting their Puberty, due to lack of proper awareness, facilities at schools and unavailability of Hygienic Products at community level find it difficult to access basic education in such districts. During my stay in the district Jaisalmer, July 2019-May 2021, the ratio of girls to that of boys was alarming. No matter the enrollment, the attendance of girls was as low as 0 - 2 in classes V and above in the schools that were really remote. According to the community, the distance between an Elementary School and that of a Secondary/ Secondary School is quite large and that becomes one of the reasons for School Dropout after Class VIII in the desert district.  After observing some schools as my primary research, I observed that the decline among school engagements was typically with the children among the age groups of 13 - 16 years, especially with adolescent girls, that lead to decrease in attendance and with time dropout. Traditionally, many communities in Jaisalmer are still practicing child/ early marriages that too happen after the onset of puberty for such children. But after observing more than 33 households at Pokaran, I could understand these implications to these intertwined practices: Due to less to no knowledge about Puberty and Periods, there is this underlying fear of bodily changes that lead to hesitation among girls to walk freely after hitting Puberty. Culturally and due to less coping mechanisms of periods girls are still married off to lessen the burden of families. Lesser amenities at community level, like washrooms, water facilities and sanitary napkins, lead communities to take drastic decisions for their children so that girls can lead fulfilling lives with their in-laws and not worry about period related accidents at schools.  Observing each one very closely, it was clear that awareness around Menstruation, Sanitary Practices and Gender Sensitization was the need of the hour for the district. This gave birth to my campaign, 'आओ बोलें PERIOD.' and soon after reaching 15+ panchayats, and more than 30+ schools Pandemic happened and we were stuck.  Although, Rajasthan government is already doing fabulous work under their ‘Chuppi Todo, Khulkar Bolo’ Abhiyan where Hygienic Sanitary Napkins and Folic Acid is distributed in each school, by an appointed Teacher. But still there are some communities who are less likely to use under garments yet alone hygenic sanitary products for periods.  But being one of the most challenging districts of India, being the border, aspirational and desert district, it was observed that the Teacher Student ratio too is on a down low. In October 2022 Times of India posted that students of High Secondary School in Pochina Village and Bhaniyana Subdivision sat on a protest stating the availability of only 3 primary grade teachers and a vacancy of 17 teachers in schools. Keeping this in mind, one can imagine the availability of female teachers for providing the already available Sanitary Napkins to Menstruating School Students. To curb this, I want you to sign my petition to appeal DC -Jaisalmer Tina Dabi to kindly install Vending Machines and Incinerators at all Panchayat Level Government Schools to make them amenity rich Community Centres and a Period Positive Safe Space for our Communities to break the Generational Taboos about periods by saying out loud:  'आओ बोलें PERIOD.'   Picture:  'आओ बोलें PERIOD.' Campaign logo

Rakhi Malik
3,460 supporters
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Petition to Syed sehrish Asgar, Balbir Singh Raina

DC, CEO Baramulla - Celebrate "world Menstrual Hygiene Day in all HSS in Baramulla".

I remember the day when I was in 8th class, seated in morning assembly and  I had my first periods. I had no awareness regarding periods and its management.I asked  my friend to help and she gave me an old dirty piece of cloth to use as absorbent. I felt very ashamed and uncomfortable at the same time. I was in constant fear of being noticed because I had seen boys teasing menstruators who had stained their pyjamas with period blood.    After the hectic Day, when I came home, I started crying but alone because I had no courage to tell my mother about the situation. My mother had seen me crying. She came to me and asked what happened, I remained silent. She guessed and asked again, if I am getting periods? I shook my head to tell her yes. She also used the word “Bemaar”.  She said SsssHhhh, don’t tell anyone. Keep it as a secret. And the conversation around it ended for many years. I kept using old cloth pieces as absorbent. Uncomfortably, rashes, fear, pain remained with me for so many years.  My story is the is the story of millions of other menstruators in Kashmir who are afraid to talk about what they are going through. Menstruation and menstrual practices still face many social and cultural restrictions which are a big barrier in the path of menstrual hygiene management. Menstruators are not prepared and not aware of menstrual hygiene management so they face many difficulties and challenges at schools.  Lack of awareness and social support are the reasons behind lower attendance rate of menstruators in schools, reproductive tract infections and psychological issues. Periods are still considered as illness not as a blessing and it affects mental health of each one of us. I am the co-founder and president at Sky Trust Kashmir and we have conducted a survey in 2020 in district Baramulla and Bandipora, survey included 66 students among 158 menstruators. we found that 90% of menstruators are having symptoms of urinary tract infections, 65% have painful periods, 56% take medications without consulting doctor, 79% do not bath during periods,says they are not taught about menstruation in schools, It was also found Menstrual flow is seen as dirty, polluting, and shameful. Also, In Feb. 2023, school education department decided to distribute free sanitary napkins in government educational institutes among all female students of 8th to 12th standard along with awareness, access and disposal of menstrual waste under “Suvudha Sarathi”. Need is to create an enabling eco-system in schools where menstruators are not cursed but periods are celebrated.  I urge Deputy Commissioner Baramulla and Chief Education Officer Baramulla to direct all  higher secondary schools of district Baramulla to celebrate World Menstrual Hygiene Day on 28th May 2023 and distribute sanitary napkins and do screening of a educational video on menstruation to aware students about the scheme and menstrual hygiene management.  I along with 37 women like me formed a women’s wing to raise our voices to stop discrimination of menstruators and start conversations on this topic. Periods are periods and not any 'bimaari'.   We are here, need you too. You can support us by signing this petition.#LetUsTalkPeriods

Ahanger Zahida
1,751 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Arvind Kejriwal

Please Reward Reporting of Violence Against Women Under the Scheme Farishte Dilli Ke

“There were people around. But, nobody did anything.” Haven’t we all heard this in the context of violence against women? The 2012 Delhi gang rape case where the victim was left on the road for a long time before anybody did anything or the 2017 New Year Eve incident in Bangalore where multiple women were sexually harassed while people watched are examples of the same. The National Crime Record Bureau data shows that the rate of crime against women has risen by 7.3% in 2018-2019. According to the WINGS 2018 report, 1 in 4 adolescent girls feared that they could be abducted, physically assaulted or even raped while venturing into public spaces. In a 2013 report by UN Women and ICRW, 95% of women in Delhi reported feeling unsafe in public spaces. Building safer spaces for women requires work on several structural and systemic levels and among them an important aspect is bystander support. The lack of positive action from bystanders is not just because they don’t care. The fear of being blamed for the violence, of getting stuck in police and legal processes are some challenges that stop people. Not knowing what to do in such situations is another hurdle! As a woman living in Delhi, here is what I want my government to do: In 2019, the Delhi Government launched its Farishte Dilli Ke scheme which provides a reward of Rs 2000 and a certificate of good samaritan for taking accident, acid attacks and burn injuries victims to a hospital. The samaritan will also not be liable to any questions by the police. The pilot of the scheme saw positive results with more than 3000 lives being saved through the initiative. What if we could broaden the scope of this scheme to include cases of violence against women in public spaces? I am confident that this addition to the scheme which is already showing positive results in promoting bystander action will be a huge step in building safer spaces for women. I demand that the Delhi Government considers my petition to encourage positive bystander action to address violence against women in public spaces. Sign my petition.

Richa Singh
55,971 supporters