My name is Arjun John, and I have chosen to support the Sukhad Project.
Despite the fact that billions of people experience menstruation, it has historically been treated as something that shouldn't be seen or talked about publicly and if we look at popular culture, depictions of periods have ranged from wildly inaccurate and unsympathetic to being the subject of jokes and derision.
Menstruation is stigmatized around the world, and period poverty stops people who menstruate from attending school, going to work, and participating in society every day. Antiquated traditions, lack of education, and patriarchal systems perpetuate beliefs that menstruation is unclean, impure, and a shameful process.
Lack of access to information: In India, only 48% of adolescent girls are aware of what menstruation is before getting their first period. Young people do not have access to reliable and correct information about their reproductive health and rights. The stigma around menstruation leads to parents, teachers and other community stakeholders being reluctant to talk about periods. An overall lack of scientific knowledge about menstruation also gives way to myths and misconceptions.
A 2016 landscape analysis titled Menstrual Health in India observed that of nearly 355 million girls in India who have reached menarche, 71 percent reported having no information about menstruation before their first period. The study further explains that many girls believe that they may be dying or ill, the first time they menstruate. Due to societal norms around gender and menstrual taboos, feelings of shame, impurity around their menstrual cycle are common amongst girls.
Lack of access to menstrual hygiene products and facilities: Menstruating women and girls in India often face challenges in accessing menstrual hygiene products due to several factors such as a lack of agency among girls and young women, unavailability of hygiene products, poverty and social norms.
Lack of enabling environment in rural communities: Even today girls and women are socially ostracised during their period, their mobility is restricted, they are considered impure, and are not allowed to enter religious places or the kitchen. The unaccommodating social surroundings put them into a situation of discomfort, pain, and great distress.
Around 23 million girls in India drop out of school every year due to a lack of menstrual hygiene management facilities – clean toilets with running water and disposal bins – as well as a lack of access to sanitary napkins and awareness about the issue. Social taboo also leads to women cleaning and drying reusable menstrual hygiene products under unsanitary conditions, which can increase a woman’s chances of contracting cervical cancer, Reproductive Tract Infections, Hepatitis B infection, various types of yeast infections and Urinary Tract Infection.
Risk of related disease: Poor MHM in rural areas risks young girls and women from developing menstrual hygiene-related diseases like fungal, urinary tract, and reproductive tract infections. Affecting their health and well-being.
For the same, it is very important to raise awareness, providing sanitary pads and spread awareness. Kindly donate, no amount of money is small. Thank you:)