No one could blame 17-year-old Reshma, for her reluctance in taking a bath at the local dug well in her village. In the name of public convenience, it was made in the middle of the village, where it was constantly surrounded by people. On her period days, it became much tougher for here and other women to bathe out in the open. It’s no wonder that most preferred to skip the bath altogether. This we found when Reshma spoke out at a Goonj Chuppi Todo Baithak( Break the Silence meeting) at Sulumuha village in Daringabadi in Odisha.
At this meeting women shared how maintaining hygiene during periods was one of their biggest challenges every month. When the Goonj team encouraged these women to evolve a solution, they unanimously decided to make a covered bathing space around their local dug well. Collecting local bamboo, leaves and ropes to create the structure, over 20 women worked together and created a basic but usable structure in just 1 day! All participants received carefully made Goonj MY Pad Women Kits for their efforts.