In Sub-Himalayan region of West Bengal’s Alipurduar district, women are the major workforce comprising tea garden estates; they are the primary labor engaged in the process of cultivation and harvesting. While there is huge focus on production, women who toil the whole day, their menstrual hygiene and sanitation take a backseat on most cases.
Lack of menstrual health awareness and sanitation implies that women are more susceptible to infections and allergies.
Goonj under its NJPC – A Million Voices initiative reached out to 310 women/adolescent girls in 5 villages (Sadkodali,Poro basti, Panbari, Garobasti and Gadadhar ) of Alipurduar in West Bengal to initiate a dialogue by conducting awareness session on menstrual health and hygiene management.
They were also given MY Pads, Goonj’s reusable biodegradable cloth sanitary pads which served as an important tool to bridge the essential resource gap and encouraged them to share about their menstrual health challenges and the painful stories of discrimination.
Know more about our NJPC initiative – https://goonj.org/njpc/