To ensure menstrual hygiene, this Indian village is the first to become sanitary napkin-free, India News News
For the first time in India, a village is ready to go sanitary napkin free. The development is part of an ongoing campaign at Kumbalangi in Ernakulam, Kerala.
Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan has declared the village without towels. The measure is taken to ensure access to menstrual hygiene for adolescent girls and young women
As part of the campaign, menstrual cups will be distributed to women aged 18 and over. Approximately 5,000 menstrual cups will be distributed.
Hibi Eden, a member of Lok Sabha after a tie-up with the HLL management academy’s “Thingal” program and the Indian oil company, said the initiative is called “Avalkayi”, which means “for her”.
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The governor also declared the village India’s first model tourist village. This project is implemented by Pradhan Mantri Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY). The village will also have a new tourist information centre.
Earlier, the Indian state government of Andhra Pradesh launched a scheme under which branded sanitary napkins will be provided free of charge to female students in public educational institutions.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, launched the ‘Swechha’ program to tackle the stigma around menstruation and prioritize female personal hygiene, and encourage a healthy dialogue of information.
(With agency contributions)