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Social Welfare and Research Association 'SWARA' is a non profit organization, based in Thane District, who aims to empower, strengthen, educate and improve health of marginalised and weaker sections of our society.
We all know not only India but the entire world is devastated by the effects of Corona. The most affected are the weaker, poor, neglected sections and daily wage labourers.
The women sector who undergo their menstrual cycle every month are also affected. Due to financial constraint and lockdown they are unable to purchase sanitary pads/napkins and have to use cloth. Which in turn affects their health and hygiene. In this lockdown situation all the male members are at home, which makes women conscious and the women are unable to dry the used and washed cloth completely. Which causes a great risk to the women's health.
To help such menstruating women and girls and make them aware of Health and Hygiene related to menstruation, SWARA distributed sanitary pads to them at Ulhasnagar on 28th May 2020 on the World Menstrual Hygiene day.
In this Initiative, SWARA distributed a total number of 12000 pads to 2000 women. Which were home delivered to them. women were explained the importance and awareness of menstrual hygiene, and methods of disposing off the used pads. They were also given an informative pamphlet about the same.
All safety measures were taken, such as using masks, sanitizers and maintaining physical distance during the distribution of pads.
For this Komal Jagtap, organizing member and Adv. Mayuresh Jagtap, co-ordinating member of SWARA foundation took efforts and initiative. There were great efforts taken by supporters. Such initiatives must be taken specially in a country where there is a big list of myths around menstruation and women have to undergo a lot of health risks as well as mental issues because they are treated differently every five days of a month. The Period stigma limits young girls in several ways and thus educating on such issue atleast to the women first is a much needed step.