Only 36% of India’s 336 million menstruating women use sanitary napkins. And with the Covid-19 crisis, this number has gone down rapidly.
Menstrual hygiene has been forced to take a backseat during the times of Covid-19. Struggling to get even one meal a day, many women have gone back to practices of using ash and hay covered in rags during their period. Plus, adolescent girls from poor backgrounds have lost access to pads supplied to them in school, which have been shut since the first lockdown was imposed.
This puts women and girls at risk of contracting cervical cancer, Hepatitis B and various infections of the reproductive and urinary tracts, to name a few.
As a long-term solution to this burning issue beyond the timeline of the pandemic, our NGO partners are manufacturing reusable sanitary napkins or cloth pads to support better menstrual hygiene for women from low-income groups.
Praveen Lata Sansthan, Jagriti Sewa Sansthan and Stonesoup Trust have identified migrants, daily wagers, slum-dwellers, women working under the MNREGA scheme, tribal women, women living in slums in and across semi-urban and remote villages of Ajmer, Bundi, Bhilwara, Kota, Alwar, Jaipur Rural, Mumbai and Bangalore and seven districts in Uttar Pradesh who need help during their monthly cycle.
Your support can help our NGO partners provide a pack of reusable sanitary napkins, to women and adolescent girls in need.
Just ₹400 for a kit of reusable pads, can help one woman with proper menstrual hygiene. The kits contain multiple pads/inserts. The pads in the kits are made of reliable cloths such as bamboo charcoal and unbleached Corra cotton and come with PUL leak-proof layers that enable the pads to last many monthly cycles.
The washable napkins don’t just ensure menstrual health but are also environment friendly and provide employment opportunities to disadvantaged women, engaging them in hand-stitching the reusable pads.
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A safe period through proper menstrual hygiene is a fundamental right of every woman
How you can help
Guide marginalised women towards better menstrual health for many monthly cycles. Help as many women as you can.
Helps one woman with a reusable period kit with multiple pads/cloth inserts
Helps 2 women with reusable period kits with multiple pads/cloth inserts
Better long-term menstrual health for disadvantaged women
Create employment opportunities for women in need
Reduce the load on environmental waste with reusable pads