For this year’s Menstrual Hygiene Day, WaterAid India partnered with the Integrated Child Development Services Directorate, Madhya Pradesh to expand its pilot project Udita to more than 90,000 Anganwadi centres across the state.
Udita Project was launched last year to create awareness around safe menstrual hygiene management. The programme was active in 39,000 anganwadi centres in three districts of the state. Through the Udita Corners, adolescent girls and women are being apprised of hygiene and proper health management during menstruation. The key focus of the project is to raise awareness of menstrual hygiene management and provide access to sanitary pads. WaterAid India has been supporting the governments’ efforts in the state to provide better facilities to adolescent girls and females for menstrual hygiene management
As part of the expansion, WaterAid India will be supporting the government in the capacity building of the anganwadi workers to disseminate information on safe and healthy menstrual hygiene management.
During the event, WaterAid India launched its animation video #Noshame in menstruation. The video which is available in both English and Hindi, through a young girl’s story highlights how silence around menstruation affects their health and the need to discuss menstruation.
A 3-in-1 poster series on how to manage menstruation were also launched.
At the event we had set up a photo exhibition around some inspirational stories of change among the women, girls and even men of Madhya Pradesh, who empowered by access to information and materials on MHM, are helping break taboos round menstruation to stride confidently forward in leading healthy and successful lives.
In addition, there were dance performances by various artists on the theme of menstruation and menstrual hygiene management. There were also embroidery and menstrual hygiene quiz competitions that were organised for the event participants.
The chief guest at the event was J N Kansotia, Principal Secretary, Women and Child Development Department, Government of Madhya Pradesh.
“It is important to talk about the taboos surrounding menstruation. Girls and women need to be made aware so that they can manage their menstruation safely and hygienically. The Udita Project should become a movement of change and ensure that no woman or girl in the state or the country is ignorant of menstruation,” he said.
Anganwadi workers who had done exemplary work during the pilot project were also awarded.
The event was attended by around 500 girls and women from different parts of Madhya Pradesh.
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