“She was playing in the fields
It was five in the eve
Sharing chuckles and giggles with her peeps,
Suddenly, her eyes see her pants bleed.
She wasn’t informed of-
About these monthly norms, so
Befuddled! She runs, with a
A timorous sob,
And shows her mother
Her imbrued shorts.
Hush Hush, she was told
To grab the piece of cloth
From a 12 year old,
you are now a lady grown!
Prepare with adornments
For your ceremonial flaunts
It’s a monthly deal, your body has owned.
And this ‘Red dot’ shows up
Every 28 days like the moon is sought.
But with these 5 days,
Many social stigmas are brought,
Prejudices and discrimination heavies her bloat.
Towels torn to be used for repititive clots.
Unaware about the hygiene
Her life is though put, on a Risky shot.
Infrastructure, sanitary supplies,
Medications are needed a lot,
Be aware not hide, cause
Periods are not a shame
Or a taboo to be thought!”
I am a little late in posting this but, Better late than Never.
I think almost every woman who reads my post here, is privileged enough to get the necessary supplies for her menstrual hygiene but I believe she must be certainly connected to women( like helpers, cooks, maids, any friend, acquaintance,e.t.c) who don’t have much access/ awareness about the importance of menstrual hygiene. And I too participate in spreading information about this, which is crucial in this time of adversity. Doing my duty as a Netizen, for those who are deprived of their Fundamental Rights.
‘Periods in pandemics’
The pandemic has adversely affected millions of women and girls from economically disadvantaged sections of the society who are finding it difficult to manage their periods safely, hygienically and with dignity.
The UNICEF-launched a week-long campaign #RedDotChallenge for ensuring all girls manage their periods safely.
The campaign was launched ahead of the Menstrual Hygiene Day — to recognise the importance of menstrual health and hygiene issues and bring to attention the difficulties faced by adolescent girls, further exacerbated amidst the crisis.
The theme for this year’s MHD was ‘Periods in pandemics’.
The Menstrual Hygiene Day is an annual event which was initiated in the year 2014 by the German based NGO WASH United which aims to benefit women and girl worldwide through their awareness programme. May 28 was selected as the day to acknowledge that 28 days is the average length of the menstrual cycle.
India is also participating in the campaign through social media, many celebrities including the former Miss World Manushi Chhillar have come up with their posts of awareness.
Indian Railways took the initiative to spread awareness about menstrual hygiene among women passengers on Shramik trains.
Assam Branch of Indian Tea Association (ABITA)-UNICEF celebrated Menstrual Hygiene Day in various tea gardens (ABITA) with the sole objective of creating awareness among the tea garden community on ‘Menstrual Hygiene Management’.
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Also some Indian government schemes associated with this mission.
If you wish you may share this post and spread the word, if you have suggestions, do comment below and please I request to talk to women or girls who work under you about their conditions. May be you can help them in some way. Thank you.
Thanks for reading.
Ps: I forgot to mention out something, yes I know Men might hesitate to share these talks straightaway with women, thinking they might offended or something. I can still help you in participating, so this month, when you give your helpers(male) or your employees a salary, do gift them a packet of sanitary napkin with piece of advice to protect their wives’ or loved one’s health.
Thank you again.