Pad corner in schools

  • Breaking a long-held taboo
- THE DAILY STAR

Aug 14, 2018-

We appreciate the initiatives taken by Bojromushthi, a voluntary organisation, which has been working to set up emergency sanitary pad corners at girls’ schools across the country, as this daily reported yesterday. School-going girls in our country face a lot of problems during menstruation since there is a serious lack of hygiene and awareness in society. According to a study, over 40 percent of girls in Bangladesh do not attend school during their periods for three days in a month on average.Despite menstruation being a biological and essential part of women’s and girls’ reproductive cycle, it is still treated as a taboo in our country and we rarely talk about it in public. This silence has made it more difficult for girls to manage their periods safely. The situation is much worse in the rural areas where plenty of misconceptions and false beliefs prevail. Also, limited access to affordable and hygienic sanitary materials and disposal options leave many girls to manage their periods in uncomfortable and unhygienic ways, leading to many health hazards.We need more initiatives like this from other private organisations as well as the government because access to proper menstrual hygiene management materials will make our girls more confident and also increase their potentials. Needless to say, the work to raise awareness in this regard needs to start from the school level.

Published: 14-08-2018 07:36

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