This Woman's Twitter Thread on Menstrual Hygiene is a Must Read for Everyone
In a thread, a Twitter user discussed how most of the women working as domestic helps do not use sanitary napkins but use rags and even ash or sawdust.
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Lack of awareness about mental hygiene, combined with the high price of sanitary pads for young women and girls, especially from the lower income groups are some of the biggest challenges. Despite the constant churn of debates and dialogues, young school girls continue to drop out of school and young women continue to run the risk of catching infections due to improper menstrual hygiene.
Even though access and awareness is one fold of the problem, it is the high price of sanitary napkins that makes it most difficult for many women in the country to address the problem.
One Twitter user recently shared her own experience with her domestic help who said she wanted to use old T-shirts as pads.
In a thread, Twitter user @swatic12 discussed how most of the women working as domestic helps do not use sanitary napkins but use rags and even ash or sawdust. She said the 12 percent GST levy on pads when items such as bindi, sindoor, and kajal are exempted “is a debate” and can’t be resolved soon, but urged others to step in and raise awareness about using them.
Her post goes on to talk about how there have been measures proposed and taken up by the government, although a lot more needs to be done.
She also told me that the place where she lives, women even use ash, dust, sand and even sawdust instead of pads. A study I was reading online reveals that 70% of reproductive diseases in India are caused by poor menstrual hygiene and it can also affect maternal mortality.— SwatKat- The dancing Rajput 💃 (@swatic12) July 6, 2018
“I would request all of you reading this thread to help by giving sanitary pads every month to your house help, maids, any female workers around you apart from their monthly salary,” she urged people on the micro-blogging site.
1. Please take out 10 min to educate them of the benefits of using sanitary pads n the health hazards caused by cloth or other alternatives like ash or dust.— SwatKat- The dancing Rajput 💃 (@swatic12) July 6, 2018
2. Open the bag just a little before you give them so that they cannot be resold in market defeating the whole purpose
Here’s what you can do:— SwatKat- The dancing Rajput 💃 (@swatic12) July 6, 2018
1. Educate and encourage your house help to try sanitary pads
2. Get economical packs from your nearest Jan Aushadhi stores. At 2.5 rs per pad 10-12 pads will cost you only 25-30 Rs a month
3. Give them these packs every month on top of their salary
This thread has been creating a lot of buzz on the Twitterverse, with people expressing their appreciation for Sawati and also carrying forward the campaign of raising the issue of menstrual hygiene.
I hope everyone uses Social media for these kinds of Helpful Posts then only we can create a healthy environment for others.— Abhishek (@Abhi17x89) July 7, 2018
Well done swat kat 👍😊👌
Very thoughtful of you and I hope this spark in you continue to turn into a lightning fire, will also try to spread your word.— Manik Sagar Jain 🇮🇳 (@maniksagarjain) July 6, 2018
Kudos to you
Government has launched sanitary pads 'Suvidha' which are not only very low priced but also completely biodegradable. So don't worry about environment.— abhishek (@abhi_d_twittest) July 7, 2018
Brilliant brilliant thread! I too have been doing this since years and trust me it helps them a lot. Most of them aren't even aware of these stores. Hell even I'm not aware of them. I bought it for my maid and her daughter from where I buy mine. But this will only bring a change! https://t.co/8n20X7dpjd— PB (@BhatiaPriyanka6) July 6, 2018
Still,there are families where they start surfing TV channels randomly whenever they come across Sanitary napkins advertisements let alone watching a movie like Padman.— Abhismita Roy (@Abhismita_Roy) July 7, 2018
It is really difficult to strike up a conversation in such households and make them aware.
My wife is also working on it..she choose one school from tribal area, educate those girls about it and give one pack of pads..she was sad to know women in such area use plastic cement bags for periods..then she strarted it..it cost only 4 or 5k per month..— ketan raygor (@KetanRaygor) July 7, 2018
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