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