Famous Bollywood Acress and UNICEF’s Goodwill Advocate Kareena Kapoor promotes the importance of menstrual hygiene.

“I’d like to see this issue being talked about in the media, on websites, not behind closed doors,” said the 35-year-old actress while attending an event called ‘Celebrating Menstrual Hygiene for all Girls, for all Women’ in Lucknow on Saturday. The event was organiue by Unicef and Project Khel and supported by Hindustan Times.

Actress Kareena Kapoor, spoke to  a group of adolescent girls from rural areas and congratulated them for their work in promoting improved menstrual hygiene in Uttar Pradesh. Calling them “champions of change”. The young girls are a part of ‘Garima’, a UNICEF-spearheaded project, which addresses and strengthens menstrual hygiene management in UP.

Dimple Yadav, MP from Kannauj   joint the event. She said, “Today is a very special day, because we are talking about menstrual hygiene, publicly for the first time. Mother-daughter bonds are very strong and we talk about so many issues but often not about menstruation. We as mothers do not teach our daughters often as they might get scared. We need to talk about this issue and no longer should it be considered as a social taboo.”

“Given the social and cultural taboos around menstruation, addressing it is crucial towards impacting the well-being and empowerment of adolescent girls and also to reduce school drop-out among them,” said chief of the UNICEF office, UP Niloufar Pourzand.


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