The Menstrual Health Tweet Sheet

Demand answers around sexual and reproductive health and rights from your decision makers.

 

While asking questions is important, asking the right questions is critical for addressing sexual and reproductive health and rights. Join the movement and ask decision makers how India is going to address existing stigma around menstrual health, access to information and infrastructure, waste management, and more.

Key Stakeholders

Decision makers who play a central role in creating better access to menstrual health in India.

 

"There should be a toilet in all the schools of our country. A separate toilet for girls...it is only then our girls will not have to quit schools."

Narendra Modi, Prime Minister

 

"Decisions like sanitary pad in Re 1 show commitment by our government to the protection of woman power and securing the future children of the country."

Smriti Irani, Union Minister for Women & Child Development

 

"Access to safe menstrual hygiene practice is an important component of Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram (RKSK) under the National Health Mission for health and wellbeing of adolescents."

Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare

Tweet To Change The Narrative Around Menstrual Health

 

A report by @dasra states that nearly 23 million girls drop out of school annually due to lack of proper menstrual hygiene management facilities in India. Let’s demand government action to turn the narrative! Write your #Periodपाठ yka.io/PeriodPaath

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Women make up 10% of India’s homeless population. Those who menstruate face major challenges during their periods, due to lack of access to products, toilets, safety and security. How is the #RKSK tackling challenges faced by them @narendramodi @MoHFW_INDIA? #Periodपाठ

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Only 55% of adolescent girls in India consider menstruation to be a ‘normal’ phenomenon, according to a 2018 @BMJIndia study. Change this narrative! Join the conversation on #Periodपाठ: yka.io/PeriodPaath

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According to NFHS-4 in 2015-16, 57% women aged 15-24 years use hygienic methods during menstruation. How do we reach the rest 43%? Write your #Periodपाठ: yka.io/PeriodPaath

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In 2019, the govt. allocated ₹64.61 cr for distribution of low cost sanitary napkins. A good start, but how do we plan to deal with the additional sanitary waste produced @narendramodi? #Periodपाठ

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There’s a culture of silence surrounding periods, with just 48% girls knowing about menstruation before their first period. How are we building capacity among healthcare, education providers to change this @MoHFW_INDIA @HRDMinistry? #Periodपाठ

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India creates staggering 113,000 tonnes of menstrual waste annually that can take over 250 years to fully decompose. How can we popularise more eco-friendly alternatives @swachhbharat @narendramodi? #Periodपाठ

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There are eco-friendly alternatives to commercial sanitary pads available today that haven't been popularised through govt. schemes. Where's the gap @narendramodi @swachhbharat? #Periodपाठ

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What steps can young people take to #BreakTheSilence around menstrual health? Write your #Periodपाठ: yka.io/PeriodPaath

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Tamil Nadu recognised menstrual hygiene as a sanitation issue and began equipping schools with relevant infrastructure in 2004. Yet 79% of women and girls remain unaware of menstruation in the state. Where’s the gap? #Periodपाठ

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Bihar is the only Indian state providing two days menstrual leave every month to female employees, since 1992. When will other states follow suit @narendramodi? #Periodपाठ

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Women in Maharashtra’s Beed district undergo hysterectomies, as ‘periods hinder their work’ and contractors don’t hire them otherwise. How are we putting an end to such blatant discrimination @narendramodi? #Periodपाठ

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Women working in Assam’s tea plantations lose two days’ pay monthly during their periods, unaffordable since they’re not covered under the Minimum Wages Act. What steps are we taking to protect their rights @LabourMinistry @MoHFW_INDIA? #Periodपाठ

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In areas with water shortage, women travel long distances to collect water, without respite even when they’re ill or menstruating. As major Indian cities too, run out of ground water, how are we protecting these women’s interests @MinistryWCD? #Periodपाठ

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Several Indian households continue to deny domestic workers access to toilets, forcing them to go long hours without regular, hygienic change of pads during their periods. How can we address this? Write your #Periodपाठ: yka.io/PeriodPaath

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It’s not just women who menstruate. We need to move ‘women-friendly toilets’ to ‘menstruating people friendly toilets’. How are we changing the narrative @swachhbharat @narendramodi? #Periodपाठ

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Involving men and boys in the conversation around periods is necessary for better policies around menstruation. Agree? How can we achieve this? Write your #Periodपाठ: yka.io/PeriodPaath

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Despite awareness drives, stigma around menstruation is rampant in India, with just 55% of girls considering menstruation as ‘normal’. How is the Menstrual Hygiene Programme tackling this @MoHFW_India? #Periodपाठ

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