Illiteracy, poverty and lack of awareness are the major reasons behind menstruation still being a taboo in the Indian society. A woman’s menstrual health is crucial to her well-being and also to the well-being of her family and community. But too often — especially in the developing world — mindsets, customs and institutional biases prevent women from getting the menstrual health care they need. Menstrual hygiene continues to be amongst the most challenging development issues today. Menstruation is still considered a taboo in the Indian society. Even today, the cultural and social influences on people create a major hurdle in ensuring that the adolescent girls are given proper knowledge and resources on menstrual hygiene. A large number of girls in many less economically stable families drop out of school when they begin menstruating. More than 77 per cent of menstruating girls and women in India use an old cloth, which is often reused, ashes, newspapers, dried leaves and husk sand during periods.
One of the major issue surrounding this is period poverty. Period Poverty is when girls cannot afford sanitary pads/ cups/tampons mostly because of financial constraints. It is a cogent issue affecting women and girls who don’t have access to safe, hygienic sanitary products, and/or who are unable to manage their periods with dignity, sometimes due to community stigma.
We at Innocent Wings Clubs have pledged to raise more menstrual awareness along with supporting women in straitened circumstances by providing them with adequate sanitary resources and education. Help us in this mission of ours to make menstruation a beautiful and prideful journey for the less fortunate ones.