As the world examines the challenges and achievements towards making menstruation a non-issue, on this Menstrual Hygiene Day i.e. the 28th of May, we must look at the conflicting realities making women and girls vulnerable to shame and ignorance that exists around Menstruation.
Tata Trusts has been working on Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) in Uttar Pradesh, in the two districts of Bahraich and Shravasti since July 2018. We have been working with the adolescent girls in the schools and also with the women in the community. Breaking the silence around menstruation, introducing sustainable menstrual products (safe use and proper disposal) and following hygienic practices during the menstrual cycles have been our areas of work. Till now, we have oriented 3400 school girls and more than 1400 women and FLWs on MHM.
On the occasion of World Menstrual Hygiene Day, Tata Trusts is organizing an event in one of the schools wherein the students have been sensitized on MHM related knowledge and issues. This event is going to be women centric, educative and informative along with some indoor and outdoor games.
The event will be involving one school – Shyama Devi Inter College with approximately 80 adolescent girls, about 100 community/SHG women and along with a few Government Officials of Risia Block, Bahraich, Uttar Pradesh.