15-year-old Shailaja, part of WaterAid India’s core group girls team in Telangana has received the TV9 Naveena award under the category ‘Fighting against social evil’ on the eve of International Women’s Day, 2017. The recognition is for her contribution in fighting taboos, myths and misconceptions on menstrual hygiene management not only in her village but three districts. Shailaja was trained on MHM in 2015 and later become a core team girl. Till now she has trained around 6,000 adolescent girls in Sangareddy, Medak and Adilabad districts.
A total of 3,392 core group girls have been trained on MHM.
In Odisha, Puri Task Force members comprising of women and adolescent girls were felicitated by the Honourable Governor Dr S Jamir. The contribution of the task force has been inestimable in addressing safe water, sanitation and hygiene issues of slum dwellers.
WaterAid India’s partners in Korba district of Chhattisgarh observed International Women’s Day on March 8 by facilitating women leaders who have contributed in Swachh Bharat Mission. In Durg district, a community meeting was held to create awareness in communities about the importance of the day and highlight the efforts of women leaders in safe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) promotion at village level. During interaction with women’s groups, the roles and responsibilities of women in village-level institutions was emphasised.