Protect Girls Project

“Let’s recognize and felicitate who break the silence such inhuman practice of menstrual restriction.”                                             -Dr.Nandini Desai, Dean of M.P Shah Government Medical College, Jamnagar.

                 The Health and Hygiene of women has been one of the important concerns over the years. The awareness about menstrual hygiene and the importance of using sanitary napkins is absent. 80 to 90% of women in rural India do not have access to sanitary napkins and use alternatives like pieces of rag, ash, sand, and husk. As a result, almost 1 in every 4 adolescent girls in the country quits school when she hits puberty. Poor menstrual hygiene is also responsible for almost 70% of reproductive diseases in India. Using unclean cloth during menstruation can increase the risk of infections by up to 200%.

                              Why should the lack of sanitary napkins and superstitions stand as a barrier for Indian women?  

                   Chaitanya Charitable Trust wants to ensure that every girl in this state and country has access to the sanitary napkin in their homes, schools, nearby hospitals and want to educate them about the significance of wearing these pads and the diseases that could result from them neglecting to wear it. Further, Chaitanya Charitable Trust wants to educate them about the importance of Menstrual Hygiene and girl child education and how periods need not be a barrier in women’s life to explore their horizons. The main motto behind this project is to create awareness about sanitary napkins, easy availability of sanitary napkins, and to suggest the proper use during menstruation and proper disposal of sanitary napkins.

How to solve the issue? 

              In the first phase, we Chaitanya Charitable Trust have a plan to adopt 10,000 underprivileged girls/women of urban/rural Jamnagar District and plan for access free of cost/law cost sanitary napkins every month to 10000 girls. To achieve our target we need your support and encouragement. (In the second phase we would like to reach 100000 girls/women).

               We are also going to start a law cost Sanitary Napkin Manufacturing unit and work for Menstrual Hygiene Awareness, we have divided our need partly to cover all activities, and anyone can assist any part and support the Safe Health and Hygiene Project. 

    “12% of India’s 355 million menstruating use sanitary napkins. Over 88% of the women resort to shocking alternatives. It’s time to change the numbers.”

                                                  – Dr.Atul Vekaria, President, Indian Medical Association Jamnagar Chapter.

Our Objectives: 

  • Menstrual hygiene and management are essential to ensure that adolescent school-going girls’ everyday lives and education are not interrupted by menstruation. It ensures that they continue with their daily routines such as going to school or doing household chores. It can also prevent potential situations of embarrassment for them and in turn, make them feel confident about their body. In this sense, maintaining proper menstrual hygiene is important for their wellbeing and development. The main aim of Menstrual Hygiene is to break the taboos associated with it and raise awareness about the importance of good menstrual hygiene management for women and adolescent girls in urban and rural areas.
  • Implementation of MHM in schools will have better school attendance of adolescent girls as they will get sanitary pads at a reasonable price as and when needed.
  • In the absence of a proper disposal system, the sanitary pads may be dumped in open air or dumped in the toilets, thus sometimes the sewage lines may also get chocked up. Proper disposal of used sanitary pads will have better sanitation in the surrounding area. To make people also aware about disposing of the pads in the incinerator machine, so that they get a habit of throwing the pads into the incinerator and help in sustainable development. Introduce law cost incinerator.
  • To create awareness in school, college, and community in the girls/women (who aren’t poor) to sponsor the slum girls/women by donating Rs500 and giving them pads for a year.

“This is the time when our Indian women are ready to break all taboos and put her in equality in modern society.”

                                                         – Dr.Chandrika Tanna,  Gynaecologist,  Jivandeep Hospital and Polyclinic.

Our Mission: 

               Facilitation of adequate safe menstrual hygiene management.

Methodologies:
  • Reaching the slums and villages:
                      For promoting awareness for use of sanitary napkins in the urban slums and rural areas and more importantly the poor community girls and women, it is very important to make a plan to reach school and college in urban slums and villages. We shall plan to use print media, social media and organize workshops, rallies, wall paint, stickers, street play, exhibition, workshops, and seminars, and will organize innovative events, etc.
  • Dissemination of information:
                      This would be done through various ways like taking support from the volunteers, peer leaders of the group in the local communities.
  • School-level awareness:
                       A good proportion of adolescent girls attend schools. It would be advantageous for us to create awareness among these girls and involve in the promotion of low-cost sanitary napkins directly by telling the importance of the same in their family and neighborhood as well. This can be done through sessions and issue-based discussions with the girl students.

Target groups: 

  • Adolescent girls (10-19 age group): Jamnagar and Dev Bhoomi Dwarka District and urban slum poCkets.
  • Women (20-45 age group): Jamnagar and Dwarka District and urban slum pockets.

Will be part of the protecting the girls?