Odisha is slowly breaking the wall of barriers and taboos for the women.
The capital city of the state has stepped out of its solace to do something for the betterment of the women. And on the occasion of International Women’s Day, a social organization has released a book on the menstrual health and hygiene in Braille for visually challenged girls. Such commending step will fill the knowledge gap among the adolescent and physically impaired girls.
Around 2,500 books will be conveyed to visually hampered girls over the state. “The activity is for spreading mindfulness about menstrual cleanliness among outwardly hampered young girls. It will help them to enhance their living condition and help social incorporation. Independent of their station, class, financial and physical condition all young ladies must be given menstrual hygiene education” stated Birupakshya Dixit of Practical Action. More than 6,000 young ladies are expected to be profited from this activity.
Practical Action has also planned a project named “Sunolo Sakhi” to educate and spread awareness about the menstrual and adolescent health among 60 bustees of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack. As a piece of this initiative, a few young girls from the sakhi clubs made in these slums help other people in their region and schools to learn about the menstrual cleanliness and health through radio shows and by answering their queries.
The organization which work for the betterment many disabled girls had earlier launched man y audio and video books with sign language regarding different topics for hearing and speech hampered girls across the state. Let’s hope, such initiatives will help in the demolition of thoughts which consider menstruation as a taboo and will start acknowledging it as a natural phenomenon.
Now it’s time to speak it and get educated because it’s not only women’s business. Don’t be afraid because shame and silence harms women.