Donate sanitary napkins and sanitary relief kits to underserved women in urgent need across slums, shelter homes, COVID-19 hospitals, migration camps, COVID-19 containment zones, Adivasi & tribal areas in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region.
India has around 355 million menstruating women and girls who face multi-layered barriers to effective Menstrual Hygiene Management due to various social and economic factors. According to the data collated by the Ministry of Health, only 12% of women and girls have access to sanitary napkins in India, while the majority rely on outdated, unhygienic methods during menstruation.
While periods don’t stop for pandemics, COVID-19 containment measures have made it significantly challenging for women in disadvantaged communities to manage their period safely and with dignity. With most relief efforts catering to food insecurity and PPE shortages, the distribution of sanitary pads, an equally essential item, is being side-lined. As the pandemic rages, these women are facing an acute shortage of sanitary napkins due to limited accessibility and affordability.
PERIODofCaring is a sanitary napkin donation campaign under Project SAHELI, which is a multi-faceted approach to woman’s wellness and empowerment. With a larger objective of improving menstrual hygiene and awareness, a pamphlet in Marathi and Hindi is distributed with each packet detailing usage instructions, hygiene and safe disposal practices.
So far, The Global Shapers Navi Mumbai hub has distributed 385,000 sanitary pads and sensitized 37,000 women on good menstrual hygiene habits. We aim to reach 100,000 women over the next two months.
How can you contribute to PERIODofCaring?
To achieve our aim, we need financial support from our community. No donation is too small – every donation goes a long way in supporting women to have a safe, comfortable period. The pandemic might go, but the damage caused to a woman’s health now can deprive her from a healthy life ahead, post pandemic.
We focus on distributing environmental friendly pads made by Self-Help Group women, thereby providing them livelihood opportunities.
Rs. 500 – Buys 210 sanitary napkins - Supports 7 women for 3 months OR Supports 30 women for 1 month
Rs. 1000 – Buys 420 sanitary napkins - Supports 15 women for 3 months OR Supports 60 women for 1 month
Rs. 2000 – Buys 845 sanitary napkins - Supports 29 women for 3 months OR Supports 120 women for 1 month
Rs. 3000 – Buys 1270 sanitary napkins - Supports 42 women for 3 months OR Supports 180 women for 1 month
We encourage you to donate any amount you wish to, not restricted to the amounts listed above.
Remember, you are not only providing women with pads, but also are contributing towards overall menstrual hygiene awareness and education.
We look forward to help women have a healthy period with your support!
We have collaborated with leading NGOs, Government of Maharashtra and Municipal corporations to meet the most urgent demands in inaccessible, neglected areas.
Who is organizing PERIODofCaring?
About SAHELI and Global Shapers Navi Mumbai
SAHELI, a holistic women’s wellness initiative, is focused on addressing the gendered nuances of health, sanitation and employment. SAHELI, Hindi for female friend, aims to transcend social barriers and elevate living conditions as well as livelihood for the most important section of our society – women.
SAHELI is an initiative of the Navi Mumbai hub of the Global Shapers Community, World Economic Forum. Since the lockdown, the Navi Mumbai hub has partnered with the State and Central Government to provide relief to the most vulnerable and at-risk communities. This includes PPEs to healthcare professionals, hot cooked meals and dry ration kits to migrant labourers in relief camps, and slum dwellers and the homeless across Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR). You can learn more about our work here - https://www.investindia.gov.in/team-india-blogs/invest-india-global-shapers-community-shaping-indias-fight-against-covid-19