The theme highlights how the challenges faced by women during menstruation have worsened due to the ongoing pandemic.
UNICEF tweeted: Periods don’t stop for pandemics - it’s every girl’s right to manage her period safely and with dignity
A recent survey by the Menstrual Health Alliance of India states 62% of women are facing difficulty accessing menstrual hygiene products during the lockdown.
The survey also reports a drop in the manufacturing of menstrual hygiene products with almost 50% of manufacturers functioning at reduced capacity.
In many parts of India, women in many homes are not allowed to cook or touch anyone during their period as they are considered impure and dirty
All this social shame can prevent women from talking openly about menstruation, meaning many girls are not taught safe, hygienic practices
Further, rural India and many urban areas lack routine menstrual waste collection mechanisms
According to Developed by Menstrual Health Alliance of India, when girls lack disposal facilities, they may use pads for a longer duration than recommended resulting in unhygienic use
Though, Government of India (both at the centre and states) and NGOs are creating awareness about menstrual hygiene and safe practices, particularly among adolescent girls
Access to sanitary pads in India has increased significantly in both rural and urban locations, owing to the efforts of the government
Cost barriers have reduced with low cost variants more widely available through local production, free distribution, and subsidised prices