Menstruation is a normal biological process that half the people of the world experience for a significant part of their lives. On average, women and girls will spend 3,000 days during their lifetimes menstruating, yet menstruation is still hidden in myths, misconceptions and stigma. Too many girls have little to no knowledge about their periods and that has a serious impact on their lives.
In India, only 12% of menstruating women use sanitary napkins and 88% of women are estimated to follow unhygienic products such as cloth, sand, ash, newspapers, dried leaves and due to lack of affordability making them prone to fungal, urinary and reproductive tract infections.
Insufficient menstrual protection makes adolescent girls of menstruating age miss up to 5 days of school in a month. Menstruation thus becomes an added disadvantage for girls, who are less likely to be sent to school than boys. Estimated around 23% of these girls drop out of school once they start having their periods.
Conducting awareness campaigns in government schools to educate the girl students on menstrual safety, enable the girls to practice a safe and healthy menstruation and prevent them from dropping out of school during their menstrual cycle., and providing sanitary napkins for free.