#PeriodPaath: It’s 2020, But Women Are Still Unaware About Their Basic Rights. Why?

Editor’s Note: This post is an entry for the #Periodपाठ writing contest, a unique opportunity for you to write a letter and stand a chance of winning up to ₹30,000! The contest is organised by Youth Ki Awaaz in collaboration with WSSCC. Find out more here and submit your entry!

Respected Madam,

I am an eighteen year old girl who’s worried about the denial and unawareness among the women of our locality. This unawareness is about their own basic rights and various schemes started by our government for their betterment.

We all are already aware as to how the schemes and budgets are given by the government never really get implemented or get into use for the public at district levels because of the selfish purposes of those in the position of power.

I have been living in this district since my birth, but never have I happened to see a single politician or any government officer talk about a woman’s mensuration hygiene publicly. Our governments allot crores of budgets for women and child healthcare but do we really get to see any change or use of that money for public welfare?

The answer is a clear NO.

Is it not a thing of shame for us that we’re living in 2020 but still, women of our own society are not even being made aware about their personal hygiene and rights?

I’ve witnessed women in my own neighbourhood using old and used clothes as an absorbent of the blood. You know why? Because they’re not aware, even a bit, about the diseases which could happen to them due to their carelessness. Some use it for they are not privileged enough to spend 80-100 rupees for 10-12 sanitary napkins because by saving that 80-100 rupees, they prepare meals for themselves and their family members. We, as well as the position holders in the government, are well aware of the miserable conditions of the underprivileged sections of our society, especially the women, and still, we choose not to do anything for their betterment.

Madam, I urge to you because we’ve certain hopes from you. You’re the only one in our locality who we constantly see working for the betterment of  women of all communities and sections.

I request you to motivate other doctors, leaders and students to volunteer and visit different localities and make women aware of their hygiene.We can also do free healthcare service camps in different villages once a month with the help of our administration and local private and government doctors.

I know that it’s also very important for all us youngsters to remember that every little step and help, in making women aware of their rights and healthcare, matters in saving them from various diseases. It further aids in breaking the stereotypes related to mensuration. I believe that together, as a society, we can do this and make use of the government funds for the right cause.

Thank you.

Similar Posts

Share your details to download the report.

We promise not to spam or send irrelevant information.

A former Assistant Secretary with the Ministry of Women and Child Development in West Bengal for three months, Lakshmi Bhavya has been championing the cause of menstrual hygiene in her district. By associating herself with the Lalana Campaign, a holistic menstrual hygiene awareness campaign which is conducted by the Anahat NGO, Lakshmi has been slowly breaking taboos when it comes to periods and menstrual hygiene.

A Gender Rights Activist working with the tribal and marginalized communities in india, Srilekha is a PhD scholar working on understanding body and sexuality among tribal girls, to fill the gaps in research around indigenous women and their stories. Srilekha has worked extensively at the grassroots level with community based organisations, through several advocacy initiatives around Gender, Mental Health, Menstrual Hygiene and Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) for the indigenous in Jharkhand, over the last 6 years.

Srilekha has also contributed to sustainable livelihood projects and legal aid programs for survivors of sex trafficking. She has been conducting research based programs on maternal health, mental health, gender based violence, sex and sexuality. Her interest lies in conducting workshops for young people on life skills, feminism, gender and sexuality, trauma, resilience and interpersonal relationships.

A Guwahati-based college student pursuing her Masters in Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Bidisha started the #BleedwithDignity campaign on the technology platform Change.org, demanding that the Government of Assam install
biodegradable sanitary pad vending machines in all government schools across the state. Her petition on Change.org has already gathered support from over 90000 people and continues to grow.

Bidisha was selected in Change.org’s flagship program ‘She Creates Change’ having run successful online advocacy
campaigns, which were widely recognised. Through the #BleedwithDignity campaign; she organised and celebrated World Menstrual Hygiene Day, 2019 in Guwahati, Assam by hosting a wall mural by collaborating with local organisations. The initiative was widely covered by national and local media, and the mural was later inaugurated by the event’s chief guest Commissioner of Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) Debeswar Malakar, IAS.

Sign up for the Youth Ki Awaaz Prime Ministerial Brief below