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Rajaswala Project Report

Project Proposal- Menstruation: (Not) A Taboo

Adhyayan Foundation for Policy and research (AFPR): Who Are We?

Adhyayan Foundation for Policy and Research (AFPR) is an independent, non-profit, research, and educational organisation dedicated to producing quality research to help the formulation, assessment, and implementation of public policies.

We aim at covering a wide range of issues that are of significance to this country from economy to administrative efficiency and from legal lacunas to international affairs. We strive towards bridging the gap in policymaking for the wholesome growth and development of our country.

The organization intends to roll out concrete plans of execution on issues like Sustainable Development, God Governance, Political studies, Economic Studies, Legal Studies, International Relations, National Security, Strategic Studies, and other similar issues.

Objective of the Report

Menstruation  is a natural biological process experienced by all adolescent girls and women, yet, seldom talked about due to embarrassment and shame surrounding the subject. In India, it is an issue deeply shrouded in taboos, misconceptions, and ignorance of scientific facts and hygienic health practices. What complicates the situation further is the fact of limited access to products for sanitary hygiene, and lack of safe sanitary facilities. This, coupled with the imposition of severe socio-cultural restrictions on women and adolescent girls become barriers to mobility and increases the likelihood of resorting to unhygienic practices to manage menstruation, the most common methods adopted being the use of old clothes as pads by recycling them, and use of ash or straw. Such practices offer little to no protection and have long term implications for reproductive health.

Another important, and often overlooked aspect in this area, is menstrual waste disposal. Due to the lack of awareness around sanitary or menstrual waste disposal and the absence of laws to force segregation, most women dispose of used sanitary napkins along with the rest of the domestic waste. In most rural areas, where women are still subjected to the prejudice of being considered impure while menstruating, this issue is further exacerbated. Lack of access to proper disposal systems and awareness forces them to burn or bury their pads in community pits or cast them away in water bodies,causing severe health and environmental hazards.

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About the Organisation

Adhyayan Foundation for Policy and Research :

Adhyayan Foundation for Policy  Research (AFPR) is an independent not for profit, research and educational organization dedicated to producing quality research to help in the formulation, assessment, and implementation of public policies. The organizations aim at covering a wide range of issues that are of significance to this country
from economy to administrative efficiency and from legal lacunae to international affairs. We strive towards bridging the gap in policymaking for the wholesome growth and development of our country.

About the Project

Project Rajaswala

In India, the issue of menstruation is hidden under the garb of taboos, misconceptions, and ignorance of scientific facts and hygienic health practices. What complicates the situation further is the fact of limited access to products for sanitary hygiene, and lack of safe sanitary
facilities. This, coupled with the imposition of severe socio-cultural restrictions on women and adolescent girls become barriers to mobility and increases the likelihood of resorting to unhygienic practices to manage menstruation. Such practices offer little to no protection and
have long term implications for reproductive health. Many girls also face stress and depression due to psychological and behavioral changes during menstruation. So, it is imperative to educate not just the pink gender but the society at large about menstruation, uprooting the social taboo juxtaposing menstruation. Therefore ‘Rajaswala’ seeks to analyse
the current framework regulating menstrual health management in the nation, suggests areas of improvement, and focuses on what the Foundation itself can do in this regard.

“Project Rajaswala” is a drive to share knowledge and spread awareness about the issues surrounding menstruation. The Project has been envisioned as a programme including social media campaigns, webinar sessions, workshops, and sanitary kit distribution drives. 

 

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