Department of Health and Family Welfare
Govt. Of Punjab
Sub: Betterment of Menstruation facilities and removal of stigma associated with it.
Menstruation is a natural process which occurs in women and girls and menstrual hygiene is fundamental for the well being of women & girls. Awareness and knowledge about menstruation among adolescent girls in govt. schools are not enough. But when it comes to private schools, they are far ahead. When they (girls) have no knowledge of menstruation, how can they facilitate its hygiene and practices. However mothers play significant role in rendering knowledge about it but maximum women in our society are not literate enough to give their children proper knowledge about menstruation. Girl child is often neglected when menstruation cycle occurs especially in rural areas of Punjab. They don’t even know about sanitary pads. They just know misconceptions and false beliefs.
The solutions are many for the aforesaid problems. Even various communities are working on it. But that working does not hold true for rural areas or small towns/districts. The Punjab government needs to work upon govt. schools and its teachers which can play an important role in educating these discriminative things like menstruation, etc.
Few years ago, Harsimrat Kaur Badal started a campaign called “Nanhi Chhaan” which means Save the Girl Child. What is benefit of saving a girl child if we cannot give them basic amenities, facilities and education regarding menstruation? I just want to highlight that some reputed persons like Mrs. Badal has to start a campaign which has been considered a taboo and stigma in our society especially in rural cities of Punjab.