Students face a great number of difficulties when it comes to sanitation and hygiene. In terms of access to and maintenance of basic standards of cleanliness, toilets in many Indian colleges and universities fail to meet even the bare minimum cleanliness standards. In such a situation, if you happen to be a menstruating woman, it’s twice as hard just to get through the day.
A sanitary napkin vending machine has been installed at University of Delhi’s Keshav Mahavidyalaya college girls’ hostel as part of “women empowerment and hygiene”. The machine has been installed under ‘Mission AAA’ (Awareness, Availability, and Affordability) launched by CSR Research Foundation, an NGO, in collaboration with ONGC.
Principal Dr. Madhu Pruthi welcomed the CSR initiative saying such efforts would break the myths and stereotypes related to menstruation process. The proctor of Delhi University, Prof Neeta Sehgal hailed this move and said “It is a welcome step of the CSR Foundation along with the ONGC to organise such event at Keshav Mahavidyalaya, which is a co-educational institute. This step is a step towards gender sensitisation”.
The machine will make sanitary napkins more affordable and readily accessible for the female students, by dispensing a pad at a minimal cost. The initiative will also encourage a dialogue on issues related to menstruation and feminine hygiene.
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