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Dignity kits enhance enrolment and keep girls in school

The COVID-19 pandemic and extreme poverty have added to the challenges female students’ face living in a predominantly patriarchal society. One of the impacts is on menstruating girls. Menstrual absorbents are essential for self-respect, physical and psychosocial wellbeing. Lack of access to menstrual absorbents causes girls to miss school. They feel embarrassed going to school during their periods. And use unhygienic materials such as rags instead of pads.

Dignity kits are means of providing protection, wellbeing, mobility and hygiene for menstruating girls. Periods do not stop for the pandemic. School-aged girls face a shortage of menstrual absorbents as schools, the only supply chain for many, are shut.

“We are so relieved to have these sanitary pads! I feel extremely confident now and am not scared to go out of my house. Before, I used to sit in a corner, hiding at home during my menstruation days” – Radhika, a student from State High school Khatawali district, Rewari, Haryana.

Recognising “period poverty” as a problem, KHUSHII is helping girls maintain their dignity, safety and hygiene by providing them with “dignity kits” comprising essential items. Along with the ‘Dignity Kits, ‘ KHUSHII also imparts education on menstruation to school-going girls who are approaching puberty. So far, KHUSHII has delivered over 800 dignity kits to girls in two government schools in Mumbai and Rewari. The ‘Dignity Kits’ provide all the required sanitary items, including sanitary napkins, soap, hand towel, toothbrush etc., a total of 17 essential items.

“Girls in my class appreciate KHUSHII’s interventions such as the distribution of dignity kits and sessions on menstrual hygiene. You have helped restore our dignity. We are now able to and get out of our house during menstruation. Please continue to support us.” – Kirti, a student from Petit Municipal school, Bandra.

Together, we can make a difference, end period poverty and help girls stay in school.

  • Category : Education
  • By Team Di
  • October 11, 2021
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