- 62% young women in the country in the age group 15 to 24 years use cloth for menstrual protection.
- 48% of those surveyed in rural India used sanitary napkins during their menstrual cycle
- 78% of women use sanitary pads in urban parts of the country
- 42% women use sanitary napkins.
- 16% use locally prepared napkins.
- This survey was conducted in the year 2015-2016.
Even in today’s day and age, adolescent girls and women living in rural villages, barely speak-up about the issue of menstruation with their families. Many a times, they don’t even pay attention to menstruation hygiene. Basic access to affordable sanitary napkins is still beyond their reach.
Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar, through his film ‘Padman’ had launched a pan India campaign to raise awareness about menstruation and sanitary napkins.
But today, My Medical Mantra brings you the equally inspirational story of a woman who is known as ‘Padwoman’ in her village.
Keeping in mind the taboo and constrains woman face during their menstrual cycle, Ujjwala Devre, a Sarpanch of Karanjad village near Nashik stepped ahead and installed a sanitary napkin vending machine in her village. Due to this act of hers, now, women and girls will get access to sanitary napkins at affordable prices.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Ujjwala Devre said, “Many women fall sick during their periods. Sanitary napkins which are available in the market are not affordable to us. That is why; with the help of villagers I have installed a sanitary napkin vending machine in the village”
Ujjwala further added, “In my village, women are open about menstruation and menstrual hygiene. On Friday, when we launched the sanitary napkin vending machine 70to 80 women were present at its inauguration.”
Ujjwala concluded saying, adolescent girls and women will get sanitary napkins for just two rupees. This is affordable for these women.
To spread awareness about menstruation the Maharashtra government has also launched Asmita Yojana. Under which, sanitary napkins will be distributed to girls and women at affordable rates.