Only 12% of women in India use Sanitary Napkins, and rest of the 330 million women use rags, leaves and even ash instead. Moreover, 23% girls drop out of school when they reach puberty. Almost 70% of households cannot afford sanitary napkins at the market price.
In India, talk on menstruation is still a taboo in many parts. During the periods, a lot of restrictions are imposed on women; many a times they are not allowed to go to schools/offices/do routine work and are often confined to a place. Creating awareness on the use of hygiene pads is as important as making them available. PWS plans to form a team of women who will go from village to village creating awareness on this.
This will definitely have a great impact on the drop out rate of girls from school resulting in their completion of education. And as we all know an educated female plays an important role in the improvement of socioeconomic conditions of family and society.
Life is about to change for the better for the women of Burgula and other villages in rural Telangana and AP. We started the not for profit sanitary napkins program in Burgula, Telangana State, inaugurated on February 8, 2018, by Mr. Jayesh Ranjan, IAS, Principal Secretary to Government of Telangana, I&C and ITE&C Department. The Unit forms part of the Pragathi Rural Development Center (PRDC).