Chandigarh 12 March (Pooja Goyal)

“BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN PRIVILEGE AND NECESSITY.

With many accolades recognizing its work, NGO Tammana has always pushed itself farther to work hard towards creating a better society and environment for Kids and Women, touching lives with compassion.
On the occasion of Women’s day, celebrating the essence of womanhood, NGO Tammana in its 95th Event, in association with The Times of India, organized a workshop on Sanitary Pads with a motive to create awareness towards improving women’s health and hygiene. The workshop was conducted in Government Model High School, Sector 25 Chandigarh.

An estimated 70% of Indian women cannot afford sanitary napkins, let alone pay 12 percent extra tax upon it. Only 12% of Indian women use sanitary pads; while National Family Health Survey declares that roughly 58% use hygienic methods.

Unhygienic methods include usage of cloth, ashes, dried leaves, and husk etc. These unhygienic practices lead to fungal infections, reproductive tract infections, urinary infections, infertility.
NGO Tammana has always believed in working towards empowering women, therefore breaking this Taboo revolving around Periods, this workshop was organized for about 50 underprivileged girls to encourage the use of Sanitary Pads.
The Girls were joined by Staff from Government Model School, Sector 25 Chandigarh, Team Members of the NGO, Staff from The Times Of India, Media, Meenakshi and a Special Guest, Expert & Social Activist, Renu Mathur.
The Workshop started with narrating the Girls about Menstrual Healthcare, promoting the use of sanitary pads and what problems they could face by using unhygienic methods during their menstrual cycle.

Mrs. Kiran Dimri, a faculty member from Government Model High School sector 25 Chandigarh shared that girls participated in the discussion and the most common concern of the girls as told to the Team was unaffordability of sanitary pads.
Therefore, a Special guest expert displayed them, how to use a piece of cloth and other affordable substitutes to make a sanitary pad without compromising on their hygiene.

The Coordinator of the Event, Ms. Meenakshi Mahajan told that girls were divided into smaller groups and were given a task to make sanitary napkin on their own.
The workshop was concluded by distributing free sanitary pads to the girls. The event was a success as those little girls stated that they enjoyed this learning experience and promised to take care of their hygiene and health.

Ms. Sana Sachdeva, Marketing executive with The Times of India, and also a member of NGO Tammana expressed that it’s always great to see the association of Tammana and The Times of India towards a common cause.

The Founder President of NGO Tammana, Ms. Isha Kakaria shared that women’s health care and menstrual hygiene is an important issue that has been continually neglected in the past and needs to be addressed.

There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women.
-Kofi Annan

Are we Gonna Talk about women’s rights again? Yes, we are going to keep talking about it until there’s balance.
-Meryl Streep.

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