Menstruation and menstrual hygiene are taboo topics in India. Menstruation is supposed to be invisible and silent, and sometimes, menstruating women and girls are supposed to be invisible and silent, too. About 52% of the female population is of reproductive age and most of them are menstruating every month. Besides the health problems due to poor hygiene during menstruation, the lack or unaffordability of facilities and appropriate sanitary products and social stigma may push menstruating girls temporarily or sometimes permanently out of school, having a negative impact on their right to education. According to Forbes Marshal survey 23 percent of girls drop out of school when they start menstruating and in some places as many as 66 percent skip school during this time and one –third of them eventually drop out.
Research confirms that the taboo of menstruation helps to inflict indignity upon millions of women and girls and subjected to restrictions in their daily lives simply because they are menstruating. A large number of girls/ women in India still practice unhygienic means of menstrual hygiene.
The best place to make an impact on improving the lives of girls and women is in water and sanitation. The time has come to promote – loudly and unashamedly – the role of good Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) as a trigger for better, stronger development of women and girls: personal, educational and professional. There is also clear evidence to show that ignoring good menstrual hygiene is damaging not just women and girls directly but also for schools, businesses and economies.
IDF overarching aim is to contribute to the all round development of the children in its bal gurukuls and schools associated with Bal Gurukuls across the country in cities, towns and far fledged places making the reach easier. To tackle the problem of menstrual hygiene management in girls IDF’s Project Hygiene 12 addresses this concern in India.
Key Elements of Project Hygiene 12 :
Empower adolescent girls by supporting Project Hygiene 12 (pH12).
All it takes is Rs.500/- to support one girl's personal hygiene for the whole year.
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