‘Women are born fighters painted in red’, the quote suites perfectly the day as UNICEF observes May 28 as Menstrual Hygiene Day , a day that aims in raising voice against the negative social norms surrounding the menstrual health of a women, making it ignored by all and playing an active role feeling ashamed and questioning her existence in nature.
A strong facts lies behind celebrating annually, May 28 as Menstrual Hygiene Day rather than any other date is, the average duration of a menstrual cycle is 28 days and, on average, women and girls menstruate for five days per month. Hence 28-5, or 28 May.
Current year’s theme “periods do not stop for pandemics” has been selected looking forward to coronavirus global pandemic , saluting the heroism of the women migrant labourers crossing the roads silently bagging a pain of her own.
Talking to WomanOdisha on this Varsha Pitta an Odissi dance trainer said, with time we are growing in every sector but in terms of menstrual hygiene management still we women feel ashamed to talk on or to prioritize it above everything in our life .While, during this lockdown period I spotted women facing more difficulties than usual days in managing their periodic health because they were expected to travel miles with families meeting their cycle without a pause.
Similarly, does ‘ Walls of taboo often overshadows Women Empowerment’ an answer to this is “yes because even after a women excels in her area of interest , still the taboos associated with her personal hygiene is alone sufficient in pulling her back , making her fall in ground. Still, we can spot that rural areas are sinking under the sands of misconceptions related to women health and an access to the sanitary napkins is a way far to their dream. Therfore, I seriously appeal government to avail them with this basic necessity at the earliest and cheapest they can,” said Debamitra Mishra a Journalist.
Mitra also said, there should be permits on online sell of sanitary napkins in state during the lockdown because even this needs to be categorized under essential services and strict attention is needed to be given on its availability in the market.
We often remain ignorant of the fact that women is nature and her duty is to nurture the pain with a smile , the story of Swati Sonali Jena truly narrates it on this day .
Swati a homemaker says, it is a day dedicated solely in bringing awareness around the vital role that good menstrual hygiene management plays in empowering women and adolescent girls worldwide to become all that they can be . “12 years ago due to lack of awareness of cervical cancer I have lost my mother-in-law because society during those times considered the issue to be a taboo to talk in public or even in family which resulted into a great loss of ours.
“So, I strongly believe that as a women has right to equality and right to freedom equally she holds the power of right to menstrual hygiene and access to the safety measures for healthy periodic cycle”, Swati added.