Confederation of Indian Industry conducted an awareness programme on ‘Menstrual Hygiene Management’ for adolescent girls on 24th May 2018 at Jammu.
Dr. Renu Wakhloo, DGO, MD and currently a consultant (Assistant Professor) in SMGS Medical College Jammu said, "India is home to around 113 million adolescent girls, out of which 54% are unaware of menstruation before they have their first period, only 45% believe that menstruation is normal and mothers are main source of information, consider menstruation to be dirty and polluting. The end result is simple – bad menstrual practices leading to cervical cancer and many life threating deaths. Many doctors studying the disease say poor menstrual hygiene is partly to be blamed.’ So, we should not only educate but also provide a sustainable model for good menstruation management for our girls through maximum contribution from all of us".
She further elaborated on the importance of using sanitary Napkins and said, Menstrual hygiene in India continues to be an area of concern as majority of the 35 crore menstruating women (87 percent) continue to lack access to Sanitary Napkins across the country.
Ms. Rupika Sahai, a prominent business lady and a renowned social activist while addressing the Government high school girls at Gandhi Nagar, exhorted them not to shy from discussing the problems with their classmates and parents. After this awareness lecture, she asked the students to share their knowledge with their siblings and other girls and educate them on the use of sanitary napkins. She further said, such sessions should be encouraged as they bring about a change in the mindset of girls and motivate them to not let periods bog them down. Mrs Sahai also distributed sanitary napkins among the students.
Appreciating the efforts of CII, Ms. Kiran Rajput, Headmaster Government girls high school acknowledged CII in promoting a unique cause by not only educating the girls on menstrual hygiene, but also by distributing sanitary napkins free for their limitless dreams and flights.
24 May 2018