Subject: Regarding running the campaign of Maahvaari “Mera Adhikar” throughout the district to manage end to end menstrual hygiene in sustainable manner.
Since October 2017, A team of ten young girls who are still studying in class Xth of Government School Sallara, situated in Semari block, running a campaign for awareness of menstrual hygiene. They are not limited to only awareness but created a mechanism for end to end menstrual hygiene management in sustainable manner.They have researched a lot and finally come up with the sanitary napkin made out of banana fiber and cotton cloth. These girls are striving for betterment of community menstrual hygiene practice through door to door campaigning.
They (students) found that women of their community never talk about this issue and usually ignored them in period also community practices ignorance of girls in period.They decided to break these taboo and loud out open. They somehow organize a gathering of villagers with the help of a community leader and teachers and discuss about the hygienic practices and menstruation as natural phenomena. They faced lot of struggle and opposes while running this campaign but the journey never stopped.
This is an absolute tribal community and nearly 2 million women are menstruating in tribal region of Udaipur district including slums of Udaipur city. These women are using dirty clothes, rags, sand and soil to absorb bleeding. These students applying community-centric design thinking and make affordable and reusable sanitary napkin with banana ibre as absorbent and can be use after 12 washing. in this way a women can manage her menstrual hygiene in only 50 Indian rupee for one year cycle. Women can also stitch the pad by their own. These girls are selling this pad and use that funds to reinvest in making pads and campaign design for other villages.
I request you to run this campaign throughout the Udaipur district and make our district best in menstrual hygiene index with sustainable manner.
We are providing some link of the stories and documentaries made by some organization upon this initiative.