A women’s menstrual health determine the prosperity of her well-being and also development of the society that she lives in. But oftentimes – especially in rural areas of the developing world – the priority of other basic needs prevent the women’s to get their basic menstrual needs which they deserve. Menstrual hygiene still continues to be in the most challenging development issues of the world.
Menstruation is associated with the onset of puberty in girls. But also, it brings with it different kinds of rules, restrictions, isolation and changed expectations from the girls by her family and mostly her society. This changed attitude towards girls such as restrictions on going out of the house or going in the kitchen, on expressing their mental feelings, schooling, mobility and freedom has far reaching consequences on the mindset of women.
I'm Ankita, a social worker, working with Hamari Pahchan NGO, I've been working towards the cause of menstrual hygiene from a very long time. It interests me because I want to educate people on the topic. I want the underprivileged women of society to have a proper menstrual hygiene so that there are no long-term effects, they don't get affected by skin diseases etc.
In Indian society, menstruation is still consider as taboo. Even today, people find it hard to speak about it. Mothers are also reluctant to talk about this topic with their daughters and many of them lack scientific knowledge on puberty and menstruation. Because of this, the girls lack the information about menstrual health and hygiene. Only 36% of Indian women uses sanitary pads, the rest still uses the old unhygienic methods. Such as, old cloths, husk, paper, etc. during their periods. The reason behind it is illiteracy of the people. The women find it embarrassing to got in the medical shop and buy sanitary pads and also not to mention the price tag.
The latest National Family and Health Survey found that 58 per cent of young Indian women (15-24 years) use a hygienic method of protection (mostly sanitary pads), a significant increase from the 12 per cent using pads in 2010.This is, no doubt, a consequence of greater attention to menstrual hygiene management over the past decade in India. This not only prevails in the Indian society but is a global issue. On a global level, at least 500 million women and girls lack adequate facilities for menstrual hygiene management. Lack of adequate information on sanitation and hygiene facilities, particularly in public places like schools, workplaces or health centers can pose a major obstacle to women and girls. Even today in many families freedom of women continues to be in the hands of patriarchal discourse. With the evolution of these cultures, there has not been any significant change in people’s attitudes and mentality towards menstruation.
As per the results of a large scale survey conducted across India in 2020, about 23 percent of women respondents between the ages of 20 and 29 years suffered from menstrual problems. The number of woman suffering from menstrual problems had decreased with progressing age in 2020 across the country. This needs to continue with the new changing world.
We the people of Humari pahchan tries to be a small part of this big and revolutionary change in the society.
Lets join or hands and help built a better society.
Sukhad Kit for 1 woman = Rs.1400/-
Sukhad Kt for 5 women = Rs.7,000/-
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