Menarche or first period is an important milestone in a woman’s life, not just a biological process but changing a lot of things in a woman’s life. Chandana from the Prajaghari village of Jharkhali in Sundarbans, was the sole earner of her family of three. Everyday she risked her life to catch fish in the nearby creek. Struggling for basics, she used anything from mud to leaves during her periods. She first participated in a mangrove plantation project with Goonj in her village. That’s when she received her first pad as a reward for her efforts, as Goonj’s My Pad. When our teams spoke to her about menstrual health and hygiene, she realized the importance and connect it has with her health.
Now Chandana reaches out to other women in her area. She shares, ‘I have to work in fields and rivers. There are many battles I have fought in my life to keep my family going..I want to live with dignity. “
Goonj’s work on menstrual health and hygiene ‘Not Just A Piece of cloth’ initiative, is trying to break the silence of Chandan’s across villages of India, using cloth pads, made from urban surplus cloth, as a tool. . To know more visit https://goonj.org/njpc