In an ideal democracy, the State mechanism is designed to determine the problem areas for its people and resolve them through necessary policy action. People and their well being is thus at the core of an exemplary public policy mechanism, which is why proactive mass action can determine the fate of the policies that the State sets out to formulate. It is hence crucial that people demand policies on existing realities that require urgent attention of the State because unless such issues garner public attention, the State can’t recognise their expanse at a scale that deserves carefully crafted policies. (more…)
What is Period Poverty?
Research suggests that 70% of Indian women’s families cannot afford to buy sanitary pads, which is why only 12% of women in India use sanitary pads during their period. The remaining 88% are compelled to resort to unsanitized cloth, ash and husk sand thereby causing severe reproductive health problems for them. Moreover, most government schools lack common toilets or functional separate toilets equipped with period friendly facilities for girls owing to which at least one in five girls drops out of school at the onset of her period and those who persist typically miss five days of school each month due to inadequate menstrual protection. (more…)