With the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in India, thousands of menstruators in urban slums have lost their sources of income and do not have access to safe and essential sanitary products. Many menstruators dependent on wood, cardboard, dirty rags, used gauge, and old sanitary pads. They neither have the money to buy sanitary pads nor to visit a doctor in case of an infection caused by the horrendous, make-shift solutions. Menstrual products and dignified hygiene must not be overlooked during this pandemic.
Help us fund menstrual cloth pads for women in bastis (urban slums) in Pune. One pad costs ₹100, contains 4 pads (₹400 for a kit) and is made by women in Pune.
These pads are designed to be discrete so that drying them in the sun is not as issue. We, the Project Amara, will personally be distributing these products and will be holding awareness sessions at each location.
Last year during the lockdown, we ran a similar campaign. At each place we spent approximately one hour and spoke about menstruation, taboos, and how to use the pads. All menstruators were provided with a helpline number to call in case of emergencies/confusions, and pamphlets in Hindi and Marathi with illustrations.
We are distributing cloth pads because along with being expensive, unsustainable, and unhealthy, sanitary napkins are clogging drains and turning into a health hazard. Not to mention they are adding to medical waste, which is already high due to masks, gloves, PPE kits, and sanitisers.
Please read about our work HERE.
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