Sanitary Napkin production could be a good earning source for rural women: MLA

Sanitary Napkin production could be a good earning source for rural women: MLA

NAMSAI, Oct 5: An awareness workshop on ‘Menstruation and Menstrual Hygiene Management’ along with inauguration of a 10-day training programme on ‘Sanitary Napkin production’ was organized here yesterday  by Arunachal Pradesh State Council for Science & Technology, Itanagar in collaboration with Priyanshi Educational Cultural and Social Society, Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) and Khun Ta Nau Welfare Society, (KTNWS ) Namsai.

Speaking on the occasion, MLA Zingnu Namchoom emphasizing on the importance of maintaining menstrual hygiene urged the participants to learn and teach menstrual hygiene. Appreciating the efforts of the Council in promoting rural empowerment, he said that Sanitary Napkin production could be a very good source for income generation for our rural women.

KTNWS vice president Timita Mungyak said that the females have long been a victim to societal stigmas only due to ignorance on the subjects upon which they need to be sensitized.

Scientific Officer and PI of the project, Yumbi Bijum Yongam said that menstrual myths and stigmas often limits girls and women from accessing relevant and important scientific information about their own body resulting in unhygienic practices and increasing the risk factor for reproductive tract infection.

So, she urged the participants to spread the menstrual positivity to break the vicious circle of menstrual myths and misconception.

She stated that the Dept of Science & Technology is also providing training on Sanitary Napkin production using low-cost Machines with the help of the training partner PECSS free of cost to encourage our rural women to get into business.  Such trainings will help in making them financially independent, she added.

PECSS president Dr Shalini Saxena stating that healthy women lead to healthy family illuminated the importance of the use of Sanitary Pads. She also added that menstrual hygiene is an important aspect of a health which needs to be addressed to both the genders. She also highlighted the role of sanitary pads in the life of girls and women and its role in income generations.

Master resource person from PECSS, Dr Rakesh Srivastav briefed the participants on marketing strategies for the low cost sanitary pads and added that women are the pillars of the society but their problems are often ignored and for a healthy society women should be healthy.

Project Co PI, Gem peri stated that to change the negative perception of the society on menstruation, we, the women need to change first and so, asked the participants to break the silence on menstruation.

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