I'm a student of B.E , an intern in Hamari Pahchan NGO and a common women who believe in everyday learning .
From ‘Auntie Flo’ to ‘shark week’ to ‘time of the month’ , how many ways can you avoid using the word ‘PERIOD’ ?
Yes , whether its menstruation or menstrual hygiene ,talking about periods is still an embarrassment to many women. This is something we normally encounter in our day to day lives. Everyday girls around the world encounter their first menstrual cycle. It is something which is very important but still ignored by many. Not only in the rural even in city, people use substitute names for PERIOD.
When it comes to underprivileged , women face more difficulties as they fear talking about menstruation or no proper source to buy sanitary pads. In Uganda poor women use banana peels , leaves , newspapers and rags. There are many articles on how women ignore or face problems during menstruation. Many influential people have talked about the same but still its something people feel embarrassed about. Ignoring menstrual hygiene will lead to many adverse health issues.
When I had my first menstrual cycle, I was restricted to walk around the home or like going to kitchen. Women around us encounter these on a daily basis during their menstruation. Its high time we break this taboo and treat it the way it should be. Its something natural and NOT a matter of shame.
I support the cause and initiative by Hamari Pahchan NGO and would encourage other women to come forward and spread awareness. A small contribute can make a huge difference in others life, those who are in need , those who want to break the silence about period shaming. Small things matter. So please do contribute and support Hamari Pahchan NGO coming up with great initiatives regarding many crisis especially to underprivileged and SUKHAD is a part of it.
"Sukhad" - an initiative by Hamari Pahchan NGO to make the lives of the underprivileged a little easier during the time of menstruation. Providing them with sanitary pads, educating them regarding menstrual hygiene and making all of us understand that 'Periods' and talking about the same is not a taboo. Along with this NGO also aims to provide Sukhad kits (sufficient for them for 1 year).
Furthermore, NGO has provided other employment opportunities to women living in the brothel, helping them live a self-reliant life of dignity in society. To make sanitary napkins more accessible for menstruating women ,NGO is working to inaugurate the project ‘PAD Making Machine’, providing women with not only a safer menstrual cycle, but also employment.
IMPACT WE ARE PLANNING
Sukhad project will help us in eradicating the taboo related to menstrual hygiene and we will try to educate maximum people about periods. This year we aim to distribute 50,000 sukhad kits.
Per kit price: Sukhad kit for 1 woman = Rs. 1,400/-
Sukhad kits for 5 women = Rs 7,000/-
24 packets of sanitary pad
6 packets of soap
Disposable paper envelopes.
You can read more about this NGO on www.hamaripahchan.org
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