Menstrual hygiene – UPSC GS1

  • The United Nations has recognised menstrual hygiene as global public health and human rights issue.
  • Yet across the globe, period poverty as some call it, is reality for millions of women and girls.
  • Menstruation is still taboo subject in India and even women are uncomfortable discussing in public.
  • There is nothing to be ashamed of. It is a natural physiological process
  • According to the results of the study, “Sanitary Protection: Every Woman’s Health Right”, only 12% of Indian women have access to sanitary napkins and remaining 88% have no access as they find sanitary pads unaffordable.
  • They use unsanitised cloth, tree leaves, husk sand and even ash. These can cause severe reproductive health problems and infections and can also lead to cervical cancer.
  • In India’s rural areas, women lack of resources, education and awareness about personal hygiene and hygiene products and don’t even have any conversation around menstruation.
  • It is necessary for people to understand that menstrual hygiene is of utmost importance and there should be openness about puberty and menstrual hygiene in the country.

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