COVID 19 has created so much destruction and loss of lives that it’s now very tough for people to get back their lives on the wheels. Be it migrant labour crisis, student’s online classes or female dealing with feminine hygiene each set of the society has it’s own miserable story to narrate.
However, the pandemic has created havoc like situation for women. Say it handling house old and work simultaneously or dealing with the disruption of menstrual cycles is now a daily life routine for them. Another aspect of the story is women are finding it hard to purchase sanitary pads and maintain menstrual hygiene.
In this huge distress crisis, some women had attended a few of the workshops where they were taught how to make an emergency sanitary napkin. The WASH project by NGO Humans for Humanity conducts workshops to help women deal with period related problems. The founder of the NGO Anurag says “We also provide workshops on making pads at home. Our volunteers along with research scholars and gynaecologists, discuss the personal hygiene and several ways to use and dispose of the napkins, and other women-centric issues.”
Divya who lives in Kusumpur Pahari, a slum area in Delhi says “During the time of pandemic everyone is making pads at home. This fulfils the need for pads and gets us some money as well.” Another woman Pushpa Bhau Khokane from Belaj in Maharashtra feels empowered as she says “There isn’t any shop to buy pads here. When we produce them, we help other women and also earn something.”
Deep Bajaj who is an entrepreneur has already distributed over 1,300 biodegradable pads in Delhi’s Mukandpur after a collaboration with KHUSHII an NGO”, Deep says.
Maya Vishwakarma, famously known as the pad woman of India, has been widely working in areas of rural Madhya Pradesh for breaking the stigma around periods. She says “I was providing pads to the tribal women in the Narsinghpur district. Then, we distributed 1,000 – 1,500 grocery kits that included sanitary pads, among migrant women, too.”