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PAAVNI

Menstrual Health Awareness & Sanitary Pads Distribution Session 2019

Project ‘Paavni’ is a unique campaign aimed at enabling women in the society to become change agents. The vision of the project is to empower girls , women & men with knowledge and awareness on menstrual health and hygiene & giving them free sanitary pads through our unique campaign under the umbrella of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene campaign (WASH).

Due to their interdependent nature, these three core issues are grouped together to represent a growing sector. It also aimed at Gender Sensitisation (Gender Equality of Opportunity) and raising the awareness for the proper sanitation & toilets in India, which is the need of the hour. We are aiming to meet our objective through integrated awareness, motivation & meditation programs which will be conducted while a Pan India Trip. We have also appealed Indian Government to provide the underprivileged women and girls of our country free access to sanitary napkins and menstrual cups for better menstruation management. Through our online petition on Change.org (http://chng.it/VCCpJCYP), we have received huge support from more than 2, 25,000 people and counting more each day.

Why

A woman’s menstrual health is crucial to her well-being, and also to the well-being of her family and community. But too often — especially in the developing world — mindsets, customs and institutional biases prevent women from getting the menstrual health care they need to thrive. Menstrual hygiene continues to be amongst the most challenging development issues today.

Menstruation is associated with the onset of puberty in girls and many a times, it brings with it rules, restrictions, isolation, and changed expectations from the girls by the society. This changed attit

ude towards girls such as restrictions on their self-expressions, schooling, mobility and freedom has far reaching consequences on the mindset of women. Menstruation is still considered a taboo subject in the Indian society. Even today, the cultural and social influences on the people create a major hurdle in ensuring that the adolescent girls are given proper knowledge on menstrual hygiene. The mothers are reluctant to talk about this topic to their daughters, and many of them lack scientific knowledge on puberty and menstruation

How

This holistic sensitization program provides know-how on how to handle menstruation, improve girls’ knowledge of personal hygiene and boost their confidence by answering their unanswered questions through interactive and engaging training methods. It also provides information to dispel myths and taboos surrounding this issue. It will have special sessions where Niraj Gera will have a healthy &constructive discussion with male members of the same areas (who are usually the decision makers & bread earners in Indian patriarchal society) & motivating them to help women to take a decision to use hygienic sanitary pads.

We will also offer free complete blood count test in 3-4 states which includes 20 tests which will be useful for anemic patients, infected patients and patient suffering or risk of tuberculosis and Cancer.

Our sessions will also aim at Gender Sensitization (Gender Equality of Opportunity) and raising the awareness for the proper sanitation & toilets in India Project ‘Paavni’ is a unique campaign aiming to meet its objective through integrated awareness, motivation & meditation programs which will be conducted while a Pan India Trip in around 180-200days.

The primary aim of this program is basically Fivefold:

  • Reach out to maximum number of women / girls / teenagers in various towns, villages, slums & rural areas of India and making them aware about the importance and benefits menstrual hygiene & health. To motivate & encourage them to use the clean & hygienic sanitary pads while their periods, apart from motivating/educating them for elimination of stigmas & myths related to periods.
  • Reaching out a large number of students/youth in schools, colleges & other institutes &motivating them to become sensitive on this issue& making them an instrument of transformation in society.
  • Having a healthy & constructive discussion with male members of the same areas (who are usually the decision makers & bread earners) & motivating them to help women to take a decision to use hygienic sanitary pads
  • Gender Sensitization (Gender Equality of Opportunity) and raising the awareness for the proper sanitation & toilets in India through educating & motivating them.
  • A proper follow up program by local AOL Volunteers at various areas in India

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