Menstruation is a normal biological phenomenon. However, there are various socio-cultural and infrastructural limitations that limit the ability of girls and women to practice safe and effective menstrual hygiene management. This, in turn, makes them susceptible to adverse health conditions including reproductive tract infections (RTIs), psycho-social stress, gender-based violence and animal attacks, and contributes to absenteeism from school and the workplace. Given this, healthy menstruation and menstrual hygiene management is intimately linked with several Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), including SDG 2 on “Good Health and Wellbeing”, SDG 4 on “Quality Education”, SDG 5 on “Gender Equality”, and SDG 6 on “Clean Water and Sanitation”. To develop a holistic MHM program, it is important to understand the current knowledge, attitudes and practices related to menstruation with regards to myths and misconceptions, access, use and disposal of products for women and their influencers. In addition, for safe and effective MHM, it is necessary to have access to sanitary pads.
WoMEN Sports Foundation (WSF) will undertake awareness session and Sanitary Pad Distribution Drives in Government Schools, Colleges and Villages/Community for underprivileged Girls and Women from identified districts of India.
This will be done through Health awareness camps, School and college awareness programs, dissemination of Informational and Communication Material and distribution of Sanitary Pads.