Every women and girl has the right to manage her period hygienically, privately and with dignity. Offering a solution can make a real difference to their daily lives. I want to share here some of the reasons why to begin with, we have chosen India to distribute our cloth sanitary pads as a sustainable solution.
‘More than 300 million women and girls in India do not have access to safe menstrual hygiene products, endangering their health, curtailing their education and putting their livelihoods at risk. ‘ WSSCC.
There is also a culture of shame that surrounds menstruation in India that prevents change and progress in the area of menstrual hygiene management.
‘The taboo is related to very complex web of issues, but the starting point is an extremely patriarchal, hierarchical society responsible for the silence around menstruation.' WSSCC.
'At least 23% of girls leave school when they start menstruating and the rest miss an average of 5 days during each monthly cycle.’ WSSCC.
We are currently distributing sanitary pads through the Smyrna Fellowship trust based in Ooty in Tamil Nadu, Southern India. They are an NGO dedicated to helping disadvantaged members of the community to lead more enriching and fulfilled lives. They provide education, shelter, healthcare and employment to hundreds of children and adults. Established in 1985, they have helped more than one thousand children attend school. They provide assistance from Smyrna house, providing a home for young girls and looking after abandoned older people. Read more about Smyrna here.