After going through a lot of trauma and stress she finally went through an ugly divorce and came back to India to start her life afresh.
This incident left a permanent impression over her mind, and she decided to help other women in some way or another. So, she started visiting nearby slums and started talking to deprived women where she came to know about all the taboos and myths faced by women in India, all the restrictions and bindings they are going through.
But what hit her most was that menstruation has been one of the major issues in day-to-day life of these woman and they aren’t even allowed to talk about it.
She came to know that 1 out of every 2 girls isn’t educated about periods before they attain puberty, and only 1 in 5 know about the science behind periods. Only 12% of menstruating girls in India use sanitary napkins.
One way or another, periods take up women’s attention for up to 10 days a month, whether it’s bleeding, cramps or the mood swings. Yet nearly all advertising for sanitary products encourages us to hide this part of their lives – three thousand days for most women – by preventing leaks that might embarrass them and everyone else; by putting menstruation behind locked doors and safely enclosed in euphemism. So, we are trying to make all these places period-friendly, where it’s considered a taboo to even talk about it in open.
- Supply for good quality, affordable and biodegradable sanitary napkins to more than 5 lakh women and girls in the region.
- Provide them employment, helping them build their self-identity.
- Earning for themselves as well their families.
- Make their surroundings period-friendly, help them feel free to talk about it.
- Breaking the myths they’ve grown up with by helping women in 850+ villages across district and helping them utilise those 5-7 days in some productive work.
- Monthly workshops in 300+ govt schools on health and well-being as well as building confidence and personal identity.
Machine Supplier: Red Cross Kutir Udyog, Vrindavan
Machine Cost: Rs. 8, 21, 280
Raw Material cost: Rs. 2, 41, 920
Biodegradable packaging: Rs. 1, 00, 000
Installation cost: Rs. 37, 000
Working capital: Rs. 1, 11, 000
Awareness and campaigning cost: Rs. 85, 000
Menstrual hygiene kit distribution cost: Rs. 60, 000
Training and development: Rs. 45, 000
It would hardly cost you a few cups of coffee but somewhere a woman would be getting a livelihood, a cleaner period and all of her self confidence she had been lacking of.
So, come forward to help Ruhpreet in this revolution for a cleaner, period friendly environment for underprivileged women.
Let’s help these women rise; make them feel comfortable and confident in their own skin. Because when you make a woman feel happy and confident only then you get a prosperous family and a happier nation.
We care for our women, our country. What about you?