Changing mindsets with sanitary pads, and restoring dignity

Changing mindsets with sanitary pads, and restoring dignity

Menstruation is still a subject of gender disparity in India. Myths about menstruation are largely prevalent, forcing many girls to drop out of school early or be ‘ostracised’ during the five days every month. Even if they use sanitary napkins, their mobility is hampered due to absence of water and unclean bathrooms in schools. According to National Family Health Survey-4 in 2015, around 54 percent of adolescent girls were unaware of menstruation before they had their first period. And only 57.6 percent of women were using hygienic methods for menstrual protection. Trying to change practices and get rid of social stigmas is Kanyashree Prakalpa, a flagship project of the West Bengal Government, backed by Kanyashree Clubs

source: Grassroots

About Rakhee Roy Talukdar

Currently freelancing for various publications including The Wire, The Quint, Grassroots. Achievements include The Laadli Media Award 2017 for Best Feature(English) Western Region for the article “A Natural Instinct for Weaving Helps patch tattered Lives.”, A Special Award at the 12th edition of PII-ICRC this year in Chennai for my article about a sanitary napkin unit in Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan My essential skills include Basic curiosity and resourcefulness, Delivering stories with speed, complete with accurate facts and figures under pressure. Writing exclusives, balanced stories with indepth research and quotes, with an eye for detail.

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