Menstrual Hygiene: Rural Women

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As the world progresses with advancement in hygiene management, there are still many sectors which face with tremendous effects of lack of sanitation and resources. Menstrual hygiene is a basic right to any woman, but still many face challenges and problems. Menstrual practices, even today face a lot of social, cultural, and religious restrictions which is a big barrier in the path of menstrual hygiene management.

In rural areas, girls are not educated about menstruation. They are never prepared and made aware of all the facts related to menstruation. Even today, due to lack of proper knowledge, young girls and women face a lot of challenges, both medically and emotionally. Every year, women from rural areas lose their lives due to improper hygiene management and inability to purchase sanitary products. There are also cases where sanitary products are not available in rural areas. There is little or no development in rural areas, where there is a need of proper water and waste management.

According to a new report by the National Family Health Survey, 62 per cent of young women in the country use cloth for menstrual protection. The study also shows it is directly related to lack in education of menstrual hygiene. Women in the rural areas mostly rely on reusable cotton cloths, without knowing the dangers that come with it. Yes, it is true that pads are too expensive for them, but using cotton cloths can be very dangerous to their lives. It can lead to urinary track infections, irritation, rashes and many other problems. But, does this education about sanitation more expensive than the lives of these rural women?

Due to lack of knowledge, these women do not know anything about menstruation. It is still a taboo to discuss about menstrual problems, hygiene, medical complications. These women get a lot of judgements and do not even get any support from their families. There are also many misconceptions that prevail in the society. This has all led to ignorance with such topics, even among women.

Women motivational speakers who come forward to educate other women regarding menstrual hygiene and sanitation are changing the world. They are educated and can easily spread awareness among other spreaders such as mothers and teachers at schools. The key objective of these speakers must be sharing their personal experiences, health issues and the benefits of proper sanitation. They can create a difference where young girls will not have to drop out of school, or miss classes. A difference where women do not face any more restrictions in their households, kitchen and their personal lives.

Many NGOs also come forward and their speakers do their best to change the scenario by introducing the women and young girls with sanitary napkins and healthy habits.

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