The lack of resources causes millions of girls in India to drop out of school every year. Menstrual hygiene is essential in every girl life and we wish to donate sanitary pads to as many girls as we can !
A girl menstruates on an average for five days a month and the cycle carries on till she reaches menopause. Periods are normal and healthy, yet many girls across India struggle to manage this monthly occurrence. When a girl faces obstacles in managing her menses in a healthy way, she is at risk of infection, her self-esteem and self-confidence suffer, she may remain absent from school during her period or worse still, dropout of school altogether upon reaching puberty. Over time, these negative effects add up, preventing a young girl from achieving her full potential and having a healthy productive life. The denial of safe sanitation has been observed as one of the prime gender inequalities being faced by most women and girls.
As per the latest study, “Sanitary Protection: Every Women’s Health Right”, undertaken by AC Nielsen, affordability is the biggest barrier to using a sanitary napkin. Around 70% of women in India say their family can’t afford to buy them.