In India, 15 August is celebrated as Independence Day every year. This year, on India’s 75 Independence Day, honorable Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi Ji constantly tapped on ‘can-do Generation.’ He said that India’s younger generations have the caliber and talent to bring changes for the betterment of India.
In many parts of the world, the ‘Menstruation Cycle’ is termed dirt. In India, people believe that ‘Periods’ is a sign of ‘Impurity.’ That’s why a menstruating girl or woman is kept in a separate room and is not allowed to cook. They are barred from every ritual and festival during periods. In the village areas, the condition is so worse that women are kept in a separate hut that lacks basic facilities to maintain the period’s hygiene. As there are various beliefs towards periods, women feel shy to talk about periods.
Even they won’t feel comfortable asking for a pack of sanitary napkins from a male shopkeeper. Women who are not financially sound enough cannot afford to buy a pack of sanitary napkins. Due to the lack of medical stores in village areas, women and girls use old clothes, leaves, sandbags, and ashes during menstrual flow. Such unhygienic practices will result in Reproductive Tract Infections (RTIs) and will also affect maternal health.
Ways that will help to ‘can-do generation’ to eradicate period poverty and stigmas:
There are modern techniques through which today’s generation can make the Indian Period Poverty free and Stigma free. This article will highlight a few of them that will make our ‘can-do generation’ eradicate period poverty and Stigma by changing the mindset of people towards periods.
1. Period Education to remove the Stigma related to periods:
Due to the lack of period education, people create various myths and Stigma related to periods. The best way to eradicate Stigma associated with periods is through period education. With the help of modern methods, one can make women realize how following myths and Stigma can affect menstrual health; and lead to various menstrual health-related problems. While providing period education, one should also state the different ways of maintaining menstrual hygiene and the importance of using commercial period products.
2. Distributing sanitary napkins at affordable prices:
Some women are not financially sound enough to buy a pack of sanitary napkins. We can take the initiative to help the women by distributing sanitary napkins at affordable prices for those who cannot afford to buy sanitary napkins. It will save them from various menstrual-related issues that are caused by using the substitute of commercial sanitary napkins. Along with distributing the sanitary napkin, one should also mention the duration of using a sanitary napkin. One sanitary napkin should be use for more than 3-4 hours during heavy flow and 5-6 hours during medium and light flow. Providing information about sanitary napkins will save women from irritation and infection caused by using sanitary napkins for long hours.
3. Installation of Stree Sanman’s Sanitary Napkin Vending Machine:
At the time of lockdown, when people are not allow to travel to different places, distribution of sanitary napkins at the doorstep is not possible. So, to continue the distribution of sanitary napkins, one can install Stree Sanman’s Sanitary Napkin Vending Machine. Stree Sanman Sanitary Napkin Vending Machine is a machine that dispenses sanitary napkins whenever a woman needs it during periods. Stree Sanman Sanitary Napkin Vending has UV lights that disinfect the sanitary napkins inside the device, making the sanitary napkin safe to use. Installing of sanitary napkin vending machine is a quick and modern technique to get a sanitary napkin.
4. Distribution of Stree Sanman My Kit-Suvidha:
In various parts of India, where there is a lack of water supply, women find it challenging to maintain menstrual hygiene. In such a scenario, a menstrual kit will be of great use to women. Distribution of Stree Sanman My Kit-Suvidha will be an ideal solution. Stree Sanman My Kit-Suvidha is a complete pack of menstrual essentials that help women maintain menstrual hygiene during periods. My Kit-Suvidha consists of:
- Sanitary Napkins (14)
- Sanitary Napkin Disposal Bags (14)
- Dry tissues (14)
- Wet tissues (14)
- 15 ml Sanitary Napkins
Above were few ways that will help the ‘can-do generation’ to eradicate period poverty and stigmas. Providing period education is the easiest way to eliminate Stigma related to periods. On the other hand, the distribution of Sanitary napkins and Stree Sanman My Kit-Suvidha will help women maintain menstrual hygiene during periods. Installation of the Sanitary Napkin Vending Machine will help provide a continued supply of sanitary napkins to women, even during the lockdown. All these can cumulatively result in ending period poverty and making women feel period proud.
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