NAMSAI, Oct 05: Emphasizing importance of maintaining menstrual hygiene MLA Chow Zingnu Namchoom has requested the participants to learn and teach menstrual hygiene.
He was addressing the inaugural session of an awareness workshop on menstruation & menstrual hygiene management and 10-day training on sanitary napkin production (SNP) here on Thursday, organized by Arunachal Pradesh State Council for Science & Technology in collaboration with Bhopal-based Priyanshi Educational Cultural and Social Society (PECSS) and local NGO Khun Ta Nau Welfare Society (KTNWS).
Appreciating the efforts of the council in promoting rural empowerment, he said that SNP will be a very good source of income generation for our rural women.
KTNWS vice president Timita Mungyak said that females have been victims of societal stigmas since long due to ignorance, which calls for attitudinal change.
Scientific officer and project PI Yumbi Bijum Yongam, briefing on the theme, 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 for reproductive tract infection. She urged the participants to spread the menstrual positivity to break the vicious circle of menstrual myths and misconception.
She said that the S&T Deptt is offering free training in SNP using low cost machines with the help of PECSS as training partner to encourage rural women to start business to become financially independent
Healthy women make the family healthy, PECSS president Dr Shalini Saxena said to stress the importance of using sanitary pads. She added that menstrual hygiene is an important aspect of a health which needs to be addressed by both genders.
Master resource person from PECSS, Dr Rakesh Srivastav briefed on marketing strategies for low cost sanitary pads and added that women are pillars of the society but their problems are often ignored. Project Co PI Gem Peri advocated changing negative perception of the society on menstruation to being with women first so, she said and asked the participants to break their silence on the issue.