Days of Pride- Celebrating Menstrual Hygiene Day (28 May)

by Naya Sawera

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About the project :

ABOUT THE PROJECT

WHAT IS 'DAYS OF PRIDE' ABOUT AND WHAT INSPIRED US

I,Vatsal, am a volunteer at the Non-Governmental Organisation, Naya Sawera. We all, during some point in our life, have heard certain taboos and mythological beliefs regarding the menstrual cycle in women. Things such as "do not play sports when you are bleeding", "do not enter the kitchen", "you cannot pray in the temple during menses" are common for women to hear in India. These "do not(s)" are what inspired us to look deeper into the problems regarding menstrual cycle in women in India. This exposed us to the startling fact that approximately 88% percent of women in India do not use Sanitary Napkins, wherein, around 43% do not have access to them at all. Others refrain from buying them around other customers due to the stigmatisation of women.

The campaign Days of Pride is dedicated towards donating sanitary napkins to women in slum areas and rural area who cannot afford them, or do not use them due to the taboos associated with it. One donated packet of sanitary napkins (9 pieces per packet) costs only Rs. 20. The donors can donate as much amount as they wish to, in multiples of 20, so that exact numbers of sanitary napkin packets can be donated.

HOW WILL IT MAKE A DIFFERENCE

This campaign is not only important in sanitation of women while they are on their periods, but also empowers women by helping them embrace something as natural as menstrual blood openly. A public distribution and discussion will help break taboos and stigmas that revolve around menstruation.

“Menstruation is the only blood that is not born from violence. Yet, it is the one that disgusts you the most.”

Days of Pride is a campaign run successfully by Naya Sawera from May 2016 till date and has donated approximately 83,000 sanitary napkins, through its sanitary napkin banks, to the women in need. The organisation is currently running 5 sanitary napkin banks in slums of Jaipur, through which women in need can avail sanitary napkins whenever they wish to. This has helped women in stopping the use of cotton cloth pieces to control menstrual blood, which often led to several diseases and infections in women. This donation drive is an extension of the previous drives and is an attempt to equip more women with a more sanitary way of managing their period.

INITIATIVES BY NAYA SAWERA

SANITARY NAPKIN BANK

Currently, Naya Sawera runs 5 banks in slum and rural areas of Jaipur. Based on the success with these 5 banks, Naya Sawera is going to establish 3 more banks on 28 May 2019 (Menstrual Hygiene Day). Under this approach, woman from a slum area is made in charge of that particular slum to distribute sanitary pads to the women in that slum. Appointing woman as in charge has inherent benefit as women in the slums feel more comfortable to buy sanitary napkins from another woman. Further, the woman in charge is paid Rs. 500 per month by Naya Sawera, which leads to women empowerment. We take pride in the sharing that there have been instances where woman have knocked the door of the woman in charge at 2:00 AM to take the sanitary pads. Helping women at any hour has been the motto of this campaign.

SANITARY NAPKIN MACHINE

Naya Sawera manufactures sanitary pads through its own machines from August 2018. The costing per packet comes at around Rs. 24, but we require donation for only Rs. 20 per packet. We are in the process of purchasing more machines to cater to the booming demand in the slum areas. The consumption is around 200 packets per month per bank as of now and the number is increasing every day.

DONATE NOW

The Days of Pride will be scheduled on 28th May 2019. 28th of May every year is recognised as the Menstrual Hygiene Day as May is the 5th month of the year and women menstruate on an average 5 days every month. Also, the menstrual cycle averages 28 days.

We hope that all of you will contribute (in multiples of Rs. 20) in Days of Pride by donating sanitary napkins to women who have been long stuck within their own natural cycle of bleeding.

Naya Sawera is a 80G certified institution under the Income-tax Act and due to administrative issues only donation of Rs. 500 and above will be granted receipt.

 

 

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Sanitary napkins have always been an unaffordable necessity for so many people. Glad that such initiatives are being taken and I could help.

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