It is just astonishing that even though menstrual hygiene is something that concerns half of the population of the world, it is never given the required importance which is at par with its implications. A study by UNICEF stated that around 1.8 billion women menstruate all across the globe but this number is indeed very overwhelming because approximately 65% of these women aren't equipped with the necessary resources and knowledge regarding this biological process which affects their health enormously.
The exorbitant drop-out of female students from high schools, increased cases of cervical cancer, anaemia, all these issues are rooted in our inability to educate everyone and not just women regarding Menstrual Hygiene. Many girls even from the educated background are still unaware of medical conditions like PCOS and PCOD, there are still deprived of basic resources like sanitary pads and still have to suffer due to the absence of these.
There are hundreds of taboos and stereotypes regarding Menstruation that are deeply rooted in our society but at the same time, we fail to impart the real knowledge about the same. Millions of women are still unaware of the consequences of lack of knowledge regarding menstrual hygiene.
Menstrual Hygiene is not just about providing sanitary pads and clean washrooms it's much faster than it seems. Educating about menstruation shall inculcate the psychological and physical impacts of the same in a women's body. Most of the adolescent girl population suffers from depression due to the inability to comprehend the changes taking place in their body and often find themselves lost due to the inability to communicate with someone because menstruation is a term that people still feel should be hushed behind the doors.
Appropriate knowledge regarding menstruation and sanitation is required to inculcate a sense of freedom, growth and confidence in women. Be it in their houses, schools, public places and workspace, they should always feel comfortable with their menstrual health and this is something that cannot be achieved unilaterally. It requires efforts and to some extent a change of attitude in terms of how we look at Menstrual health.
We all need to be a part of this initiative to spread awareness about menstrual hygiene via workshops, street plays and various forms of art.
It's time that the sanitary pad packets come out of the brown bags and reach each and every girl out there without any hesitance. It's time that menstrual hygiene should be discussed with confident voices rather than helpless whispers, it's time that the discussions about menstruation break through the hushed doors and reach each and every person.
We are also conducting distribution drives every week where 'Sukhad Kit' is distributed which includes pads, soap, paper envelopes for disposal, and other essential items.
हमारी पहचान बना रही है महिलाओ को सशक्त
Project sukhad is the need of the hour and we all need to unite for the cause.
WE ARE PLANNING TO DISTRIBUTE AROUND 50K SUKHAD KITS TO UNDERPRIVILEGED WOMEN throughout the year.
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