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.
A packet of sanitary napkins with seven pads costs between Rs 35 and Rs 80 across India. For girls whose families have to sustain on a monthly budget of Rs 5,000-Rs 10,000 (or lower), this is a financial burden they can’t afford. So even with the GST withdrawn, sanitary pads remain a luxury for a large number of females in this country.
Why Menstrual Education and Training?
71% of girls in India know nothing about menstruation before their first period. Moreover, young girls often tend to turn to their mothers for information and support, but most of the mothers consider menstruation “dirty” which further perpetuates the myths and taboos associated with periods.
Lack of knowledge on the issue is also because of the poor levels of awareness and education on puberty in general, and menstruation in particular. This is partly because such education is not mandated in India’s schools, so even when certain schools attempt to address the problem, teachers find the topic embarrassing to discuss in a classroom as they are rarely trained to effectively deal with the subject.
Let’s hit at the root of the problem?
While we push for a policy solution in the backdrop, you could help us in procuring sanitary napkin packets for these underprivileged adolescent girls by contributing any amount you deem fit. We would however, urge you to try and keep up with these donations on a regular (monthly) basis, as you are helping secure a healthy period for atleast one girl through the money that you donate.
What do we do next?
We procure and distribute sanitary napkin packets to underprivileged adolescent girls (in and out of school) on a regular basis, besides educating them about menstrual health and hygiene to help lower the dropout rates for such girls in schools across India, while also ensuring their overall reproductive well being.
Why are we shying away from eco-friendly alternatives?
Mostly because at the outset, the sheer logistics of eco friendly options demand cleaning and washing, which obviously requires sufficient quantities of water, whereas the very reason that strips of cloth and rags remain unsanitized and lead to dangerously unhygienic conditions is the scarcity of water in a poor household in India. So while in the long run we would be happy to endorse eco friendly alternatives to a sanitary pad, we want to start with the most viable and effective means for our menstrual and reproductive hygiene campaign.
How can you contribute?
You could use any of the following methods for making a one-time or a monthly payment:
You can also contribute the money on PayTM: 9929451140
For NEFT or IMPS payments:
Account Name: LexQuest Foundation
Account Number: 918020054094282
Bank Name: Axis Bank, Malviya Nagar
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