We shall fight in our homes, we shall fight in our schools, we shall fight in our country and in our streets, we shall fight every day.
Period poverty refers to the prevalent inhumane phenomena of being unable to afford sanitary products such as pads, tampons, menstrual cups, liners, and medicine to manage menstrual bleeding.
It disproportionately affects girls and women in rural India. Without access to these sanitary products, they are forced to use items like rags, paper towels, toilet paper, or cardboard. This leads to an increased risk of disease and death. It also causes millions of girls to drop out of school.
We at Akalka have always felt strongly about women’s issues, women’s empowerment, and women’s rights. We have seen women living in situations that they shouldn’t have to live in. We have seen them tolerating more than they can simply because of their poor financial circumstances.
Many helpless young girls have been married before their time - being considered a financial burden for their families.
One day, we had the opportunity to visit an NGO where we met girls from underprivileged backgrounds. They have mostly orphaned children, with only each other for family. We asked them about their dreams and aspirations.
They were so fascinated with the fact that we were educated. They told us about how they wanted to become entrepreneurs and help other girls like them. It was a bittersweet moment. I could see their potential, we could see the dreams they had but they had no idea how to get access to any financial resources to help them achieve anything. We walked out of there thinking how if I could help share some financial understanding among them, it could contribute towards making their dreams come true.
We started thinking about how there could be so many more such girls across the world. Our idea was to help them support in building financial literacy and help realize their dreams. This is how Akalka came into existence. Through Akalka, we hope to help women and girls combat inequalities and achieve financial freedom.
Dropping out of school doesn’t allow them access to education. We believe education is the greatest asset one can have and the very cause we work for, financial independence is absolutely essential for every woman. Let’s all take a few small steps to contribute to the end of period poverty to help these menstruators get the education they deserve
With support from like-minded people, we can build an environment that can help these menstruators- even if it is in the smallest way.