Menstruation has always been surrounded by taboos and myths that exclude women from many aspects of socio-cultural life. In India, the topic has been a taboo until date. Such taboos about menstruation present in many societies impact on girls’ and women's emotional state, mentality and lifestyle and most importantly, health. The challenge, of addressing the socio-cultural taboos and beliefs in menstruation, is further compounded by the low girls’ knowledge levels and understandings of puberty, menstruation, and reproductive health.
Sharvani foundation has done a survey in the schools of SangamVihar, in which 60% adolescent girls said that they don’t attend school during first 2 days of their menses they also stated that they feel shy while talking about menses in public and they feel isolated at their home and 64% girls still use unhygienic ways during their menses which is the core reason of many reproductive organ diseases.
We do awareness session in the schools to make adolescent girls and boys to understand the importance of hygienic menstruation and to remove the myths and taboos related to menses. We are also installing sanitary napkin vending machine in the schools so that adolescent girls do not miss schools because of menses and make habit of using sanitary napkin instead of unhygienic ways.