10 Shocking Menstrual Health Facts That Show We Need to Make More Indian Women Aware of Periods
India has a special relationship with menstruation, in the sense that it is a specially toxic relationship. It’s taboo to even mention the word ‘period,’ let alone discuss it. And as we fight to create awareness and abolish the taboo surrounding menstruation and menstrual health, we must also look at the harsh realities of our country’s women. These hard-hitting facts were found in a 2016 study, ‘Menstrual Hygiene management among adolescent girls in India: a systematic review and meta-analysis by van Eijk.’
These facts show that women not only need better access to menstrual product and medical care, they need to be educated from a young age about periods. This is crucial for their health and well being, and in de-stigmatising periods. If we support more programs that create awareness in Indian homes, we will win the war against ill health and ignorance.
The people at MHAI, that includes Dasra, Development Solutions, WASH United, Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council, WaterAid India and Zariya, work hard at educating girls and women all over India about the importance of menstrual hygiene and how they can access it. To find out more about their work, visit their website.