Women Of Jharkhand’s Simdega District Are Tackling Menstrual Waste By Practising Plastic Free Periods

Women Of Jharkhand’s Simdega District Are Tackling Menstrual Waste By Practising Plastic Free Periods

The Garima Abhiyan, a district-wide campaign run by the administration of Simdega district, Jharkhand, is breaking the taboo associated with menstruation by providing its women with eco-friendly sanitary pads
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Women Of Jharkhand’s Simdega District Are Tackling Menstrual Waste By Practising Plastic Free PeriodsIn a bid to tackle menstrual waste and fight the taboo around periods, women in Simdega District of Jharkhand are being encouraged to use bio-degradable sanitary pads

New Delhi: In May 2019, when Rahil Dungdung, a 41-year-old woman in Simdega district of Jharkhand, was asked about the method she uses to manage menstruation, she answered hesitantly, “ganda kapda” (dirty cloth). Now, not only is she aware of multiple safer and more hygienic ways to manage her periods but she is also spreading awareness on the subject and even producing pads that are bio-degradable and is earning a livelihood. She is one of the 3,000 women who were trained by the district administration of Simdega to break the taboo around menstruation. Simdega administration started a campaign called ‘Garima Abhiyan’ in May 2019, in collaboration with United Nation’s Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) to raise awareness about menstrual hygiene and eco-friendly ways of managing it in the district, which is one of the 112 aspirational districts of NITI (National Institute for Transforming India) Aayog. Aspirational districts are identified by the central government as country’s poorest districts that need maximum assistance in development.

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While talking to NDTV about the initiative, Biswambharnath Naik, an aspirational district fellow of NITI Aayog posted in Simdega said,

This district is majorly rural with a population of 2.5 lakh menstruating girls and women. We found that most of the girls and women here did not have any awareness regarding the use of sanitary napkins. They were using rug or pieces of sack to soak the menstrual blood. It was shocking to see that women sometimes re-used clothes and other material used as absorbents, without washing and drying them properly. Most of these women to avoid embarrassment of these rags being displayed in public view would simply store these discreetly among their other clothes without properly drying these after washing. So our aim was to make them aware about more hygienic and safer options available in the market. But we realised that making them aware was not enough so we decided to plan an intensive intervention across the district and change the habit of using cloth instead of sanitary napkins. This is how we started ‘Garima Abhiyan’.

After conducting a series of campaigns under ‘Garima Abhiyan’ like ‘Chuppi Todo Campaign’ that focused on breaking the taboo and hesitation around menstruation and encourage women to talk about their periods, the focus was shifted towards encouraging women to use eco-friendly sanitary pads in order to keep the menstrual waste under check and keep from entering the already overfilled dumping yards and landfills and breed harmful bacteria. Satwik Mishra, another Aspiration District Fellow in Simdega said,

With this campaign, we organised workshops in all 964 Aanganwadi Centres, 780 Government Schools, 500 SHG centres across all 450 villages of the district, sensitising district’s entire population base of 6 Lakh.

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According to Mr. Naik, the district administration collaborated with the National Urban Livelihood Mission (NULM) and Udaipur based NGO – Jatan to provide industrial training to women to more than 100 women. He said,

The first phase of the initiative was to make them use the sanitary napkins. The next phase was to encourage them to usE plastic-free, biodegradable pads. Rather than producing chemical laden products that require incinerators for disposal, the district administration was keen to take up sustainable approaches. We told women the benefits of biodegradable sanitary pads and with the support from NULM we also provided them skill on manufacturing such pads.

He further said that women have formed more than 50 Self-Help Groups that are producing about 100-150 biodegradable pads each per day. The pads called ‘Missi Garima Pads’ are easily available in the village markets. ‘Missi’, in the local language of Simdega means sister. These are made by stitching four layers of cotton cloth which can be washed and reused. These are completely chemical-free pads. Women SHGs stitch cotton napkins in four varieties, priced between Rs 30 and Rs 50 per packet (8 pads). Each napkin takes about 10-15 minutes to stitch and can be reused for up to a year. Rahil Dungdung said,

Now that the taboo is starting to break, we are able to talk about it with each other and with men too. We are now capable of providing support and help when needed. This campaign has helped to not only learn about such a significant part of my life but has also helped ME become financially stronger.

In order to ensure that the impact of the campaign is not diminished, and more women adopt the practice of plastic-free period, Garima Abhiyan keeps conducting follow up meetings with SHGs and workshops with other women to motivate them to give up ‘dirty cloth’ and use biodegradable options which according to experts are not only environment-friendly but are also good hygienically.

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77276

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9410 1212

8334 271

272 19

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1482 95

744 31

734 64

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41050 1191

56021 3095

1321 57

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4753 160

2088

2640 201

25 1

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Kanker19
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Korea39
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Mungeli87
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3013 73

614

2385 82

14

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Peddapalli5
Siddipet7
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18570 1213

9226 218

9069 987

275 8

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Puri103
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Sonepur29

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2016 78

5502 149

27 2

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2702 77

10815 160

589 8

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Valsad47
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DevbhumiDwarka22
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Morbi4
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7434 99

24593 563

1886 19

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Karauli17
Pali352
Rajsamand140
SawaiMadhopur26
Sikar231
Tonk171
Udaipur724
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Bundi5
Ganganagar8
Jalore164
Pratapgarh14
Sirohi130

18662 350

3284

14948 374

430 9

DistrictCases
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Sonipat404
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CharkiDadri43
Fatehabad38
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Nuh68
Palwal120
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Panipat78
Rohtak145
Sirsa50
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Mahendragarh47
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4239 37

11019 520

251 11

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Hardoi49
Jalaun41
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Kannauj69
Kasganj16
Kaushambi6
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Mau48
Mirzapur22
Pilibhit15
Pratapgarh15
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Sambhal116
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Shravasti23
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Unnao42
Ambedkar Nagar92
Amethi206
Ballia60
Barabanki168
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Chitrakoot4
Deoria143
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Fatehpur3
Hamirpur3
Hathras43
Kanpur Dehat4
Kheri72
Kushi Nagar67
Lalitpur3
Maharajganj85
Mahoba3
Shahjahanpur25
Siddharth Nagar159
Sonbhadra10

24825 769

6869 160

17221 592

735 17

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East2472
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Shahdara1580
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92175 2373

26304

63007 3015

2864 61

DistrictCases
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Goalpara19
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Baksa14
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Dibrugarh61
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Hailakandi57
Hojai89
Jorhat24
Kamrup42
Kamrup Metro276
KarbiAnglong13
Karimganj85
Kokrajhar37
Lakhimpur57
Majuli2
Nagaon143
Nalbari23
Sivasagar20
Sonitpur27
South SalmaraMancachar4
Tinsukia84
Udalguri28
West KarbiAnglong5

9013 431

2895 176

6106 255

12

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East District3
North District0
South District3
West District0

102 1

49 1

53

0

DistrictCases
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Gaya115
Munger188
Patna279
Rohtas256
Arwal52
Aurangabad75
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Begusarai243
Bhagalpur266
Bhojpur103
Darbhanga143
Gopalganj123
Jehanabad178
Kaimur (bhabua)105
Lakhisarai72
Madhepura82
Madhubani199
Nalanda123
Nawada122
PurbiChamparan138
Purnia135
Saran101
Siwan139
Vaishali87
Araria68
Jamui47
Katihar175
Khagaria253
Kishanganj75
Muzaffarpur96
Pashchim Champaran57
Saharsa88
Samastipur139
Sheikhpura118
Sheohar20
Sitamarhi73
Supaul87

10471 222

2374 141

8020 74

77 7

DistrictCases
24 Paraganas North1031
24 Paraganas South281
Darjeeling97
Howrah1435
Jalpaiguri88
Kalimpong18
Kolkata2777
Maldah235
Medinipur East153
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Hooghly604
Murshidabad125
Nadia139
Paschim Bardhaman70
Purba Bardhaman130
Alipurduar39
Bankura116
Birbhum206
Coochbehar210
Dinajpur Dakshin50
Dinajpur Uttar216
Jhargram9
Purulia66

19819 649

6083 124

13037 509

699 16

DistrictCases
South Andamans33
Nicobars1
North And Middle Andaman1

109 9

58 8

51 1

0

DistrictCases
Pondicherry111
Karaikal2
Mahe4
Yanam0

802 88

459 29

331 59

12

DistrictCases
Anjaw0
Changlang31
Dibang Valley0
East Kameng0
East Siang1
Kamle0
KraDaadi0
KurungKumey0
Leparada0
Lohit3
Longding0
Lower Dibang Valley0
Lower Siang0
Lower Subansiri0
Namsai2
PakkeKessang1
Papum Pare8
Shi Yomi0
Siang0
Tawang1
Tirap0
Upper Siang1
Upper Subansiri0
West Kameng0
West Siang1

195

128

66

1

DistrictCases
Dimapur20
Kiphire3
Kohima7
Longleng0
Mokokchung0
Mon8
Peren2
Phek1
Tuensang3
Wokha0
Zunheboto0

501 42

319 28

182 14

0

DistrictCases
Dadra And Nagar Haveli20

0

0

0

0

DistrictCases
Ranchi148
Bokaro16
Deoghar5
Dhanbad32
Garhwa80
Giridih19
Hazaribagh110
Jamtara2
Koderma58
Simdega48
Chatra1
Dumka5
East Singhbum170
Godda2
Gumla28
Khunti10
Latehar14
Lohardaga8
Pakur4
Palamu27
Ramgarh75
Sahebganj0
SaraikelaKharsawan20
West Singhbhum21

2584 63

586 11

1983 52

15

DistrictCases
Gomati74
North Tripura14
Dhalai196
Khowai24
Sepahijala174
South Tripura53
Unakoti49
West Tripura45

1435 39

288

1146 53

1

DistrictCases
Kargil77
LehLadakh43

990

259

730 36

1

DistrictCases
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Bandipora175
Shopian255
Srinagar300
Baramulla271
Budgam110
Ganderbal37
Jammu138
Kathua53
Kulgam295
Kupwara231
Rajouri39
Ramban151
Reasi26
Samba25
Udhampur155
Mirpur0
Muzaffarabad0
Doda27
Kishtwar10
Poonch35
Pulwama108

7849 154

2760 26

4974 118

115 10

DistrictCases
Chamba29
Hamirpur117
Kangra105
Sirmaur11
Solan32
Una41
Bilaspur21
Kinnaur2
Kullu4
Lahaul And Spiti0
Mandi21
Shimla10

1014 35

376 21

628 14

10

DistrictCases
Jalandhar297
Ludhiana293
Patiala132
Amritsar485
Barnala25
Faridkot74
Firozepur50
Gurdaspur154
Hoshiarpur140
Kapurthala44
Mansa31
Moga65
Pathankot86
S.A.S Nagar137
Sangrur107
Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar (Nawanshahr)99
Sri Muktsar Sahib71
Tarn Taran163
Bathinda60
Fatehgarh Sahib57
Fazilka53
Rupnagar (Ropar)74

5784 116

1488

4144 277

152 3

DistrictCases
Haridwar94
Dehradun370
Nainital323
Almora71
Bageshwar31
Chamoli36
Champawat45
PauriGarhwal36
Pithoragarh43
Rudraprayag30
Tehri Garhwal110
Udam Singh Nagar83
Uttar Kashi24

2984 37

537

2405 88

42 1

DistrictCases
Bishnupur7
Chandel5
Churachandpur32
Imphal East10
Imphal West21
Jiribam3
Kakching2
Kamjong5
Kangpokpi26
Noney1
Pherzawl3
Senapati6
Tamenglong2
Tengnoupal9
Thoubal18
Ukhrul4

1279 19

662

617 38

0

DistrictCases
Chandigarh313

450 4

55

389 22

6

DistrictCases
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Ribhoi0
South Garo Hills0
South West Garo Hills4
South West Khasi Hills0
West Garo Hills5
West Jaintia Hills1
West Khasi Hills1

56 4

13 4

42

1

DistrictCases
Aizawl10
Champhai0
Hnahthial0
Khawzawl0
Kolasib11
Lawngtlai2
Lunglei2
Mamit8
Saiha0
Saitual1
Serchhip0

162 2

36

126 3

0

DistrictCases
Lakshadweep District0

0

0

0

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