I am Jahnavi Kashyap. I study in Delhi Public School.
I am 11 years old and I would like to take your attention towards the major issue of menstrual hygiene. I may be a kid but recently I had come across several girls of my age groups hardly aware of the fact that maintaining menstrual hygiene is as important as washing our hands before eating or cleaning utensils.
I am fortunate enough to be born in a family who are educated and are providing me everything a person is required in terms of knowledge and luxury. I recently have come to know that about 120 million women are roughly suffering from poor menstrual hygiene and 23 million girls drop out of the schools every year when they start menstruating in India, leave the world alone. Nearly 84% of girls are not ready for menstruation, shame leads to poor hygiene. Many of us get panic attacks to see ourselves bleeding. Most of the women and girls think menstruation as some serious contagious disease and separate themselves from the society. In villages, girl or a woman are literally tortured to sit on a wooden plank specially made for menstrual days. Irony is instead of comforting them they are thrown into spell of unnecessary ignorance and superstitions. According to a 2015 study on menstrual hygiene practices around 60% of women are dignosed with common reproductive tract infections reported poor menstrual hygiene. There are many risks also seen by using homemade cloths during menstruation causing vaginitis and urinary tract infections. It seems like a five day exile for women during menstrual cycle. We need to get aware of the importance of the basic hygiene even during menstruation. Not only in villages,but in urban areas also,most of us feel ashamed and keep secrecy around the subject of female reproductive health by hushing each other. There are changes in attitude but they are fewer and mostly among the young. We need to educate the elderly people of the society regarding changes to the usage of sanitary napkins and having iron supplements.
That is impossible without your help. I would like to request Government to help us.
We daughters, We girls, We women need your Support!