This is Annanya Lamba a volunteer at “Hamari pahchan”.
I recently came across the ngo "Hamari pahchan" through social media, the ngo inspired me to become a responsible and aware human by contributing for the society. It has several projects which highlight the problems faced by underprivileged people and provide them with help. By becoming the part of this initiative I realized that even a small effort can bring a big change and put up to the betterment of the society.
I am grateful that i got to know about the sukhad project which is soo helpful for the girls out there as it focuses on spreading awareness and providing sanitary kits to women in rural areas so that they can maintain their hygiene during mensturation. Not only they distribute it, also provide them with employment opportunities that enables them to earn a living by making eco-friendly bags for disposing off the pads which also promotes women empowerment.
I want to normalise periods and not make it a big deal or consider it as bad which our society has done and rather than being sensitive towards the women during there period days they make them feel impure specially in India everybody has made this a toboo and prefer not to talk about it I feel the more it will be openly talked the better it will be accepted and worked upon.
Still in rural areas and slum areas women are not provided with basic sanitation (i.e pads and soaps etc) which leads to bad health problems like fungal and bacterial infections of the reproductive tract. It also leads to skin irritation and causes discomfort which can further result in causing diseases or sore and bristles and other vaginal diseases etc.
According to statistics in India only 20% women have access to pads whereas rest 80% don’t have access to even basic sanitation and hence use homemade alternatives such as cloth, rags, sand, ash etc.
I hope people atleast now understand that mensturation is not a problem and is natural enough and providing women with proper sanitation is the need of the hour which really needs to get worked upon because it is surely not something that can be avoided for long and rather than avoiding the conversation on periods or terming it to be impure or bad everybody should accept it on a much welcoming note.
If we look through the eyes of an adolescent girl they majorly lack proper sanitation which often forces them to miss school every month during their period which thus hampers their education whereas even if girls have basic sanitation they often have to manage with poor wash facilities (i.e lack of water for washing, soap, pads, extra pair of clothes if they get a stain, gender separate toilets etc) which cause embarrassment for them and because of this they avoid school during their periods.
It is believed that barely half (48%) of adolescent girls in India were aware about mensturation during their first period which leads to inadequate knowledge and lack of awareness and as an aware citizen it is our duty to make people aware and spread knowledge amongst them specially adolescent girls hence they should be aware that what is gonna happen with their body every month before they experience it.
I also feel that spreading awareness amongst youngsters specially school children be it a girl or a boy is really important as they being the future of the country can improve the level of acceptance and should make sure that women around them are getting proper sanitation.
We as a nation should also work on our schools and girls should be encouraged to not miss school during their period days and this can only be done if sanitary pads are easily accessible for them during their school hours, gender separated toilet facilities are provided to them in their schools, extra pair of clothes are easily accessible for them if they get a stain etc.
I am delighted that I could express myself and be a part of such a great initiative taken up by the ngo “Hamari pahachan” of encouraging people to join and talk about mensturation hence making this process of acceptance more knowledgeable and helpful therefore they should be welcoming towards accepting it and not portray it negatively as it is pretty normal and should be normalised.
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