Every girl deserves the right to live a natural, safe and hygienic life. Though this might sound shocking but in India, many women don’t have the access to sanitary napkins and they are still considered as a privilege by many.
May 29th 2017, saw the birth of an initiative that can prove to be a massive step forward to transform the scenario of menstrual hygiene for thousands of girls. MLA from Versova, Bharti Lavekar, in the presence of wife of Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Amruta Fadnavis, and veteran actress Zeenat Aman, inaugurated a Digital Sanitary Pad Bank in the city.
This was launched to provide easy access to sanitary pads to every girl and woman in the city. This is a welcome step to ensure that women don’t feel uncomfortable or embarrassed when looking for a sanitary pad. The city based organisation TEE Foundation will provide sanitary pads to the underprivileged women and girls as and when required, with the help of an internet portal.
The government has a provision to provide sanitary pads to needy girls and women without any charge for 10 months of a year. This excludes the two months of summer vacations. The digital bank primarily aims to fill this gap and those who register with the platform will get free sanitary pads for the remaining two months.
Bharti Lavekar mentioned that they are trying to vanquish the taboo surrounding menstruation and periods. This programme has been under progress for a year. Owing to the lack of proper hygiene and subsequent application foul and unhygienic methods such as using cloth or tree leaves, women suffer from minor or severe infections.
TEE Foundation decided to step forward and bridge the gap between the donors and the deprived women. A packet of 10 sanitary napkins cost INR 7; people willing to help can either donate money or sanitary pads.
PRAJWALA GHATE | TOC
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