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Swish a menstrual cup!

A project initiated by medical students and IIMC volunteers Cindy Deniz and Jagoda Maszke-Get in cooperation with MACHA.

Menstruation is a taboo subject in many parts of the world. Menstruating women are seen as unclean and are often isolated from society during their period. In Nepal the practice of “chhaupadi”, although outlawed in 2005, means that during their period, women are banished to sleep alone in a small hut because they are seen as unclean. In some parts of India women are prohibited to touch food or wash their hair during their period and in some societies women are prohibited to visit religious sites and move freely in society.

Knowledge about menstruation is limited in many parts on the world. 7 out of 10 girls in India had never heard of menstruation before their first period. Many believe that they are sick and that the blood comes from the stomach. In many parts of India, access to menstrual hygiene products is poor. Girls and women use old rags, leaves, dried animal faeces and pieces of mattresses to stop the bleeding, often causing infections and infertility as a result. The shame and ignorance that are connected to menstruation discriminates and alienates women and girls from society.

According to WaterAid, approximately 1 in 3 women lack access to a toilet. In India approximately 66% of schools for girls lack access to functioning toilets. In Kolkata’s suburban areas few schools have toilets, and the ones that do are often just a hole in the ground shared by hundreds of students. There is seldom a door to shut or a curtain to hide behind.

The lack of knowledge about menstruation, social stigma, the lack of access to menstrual hygiene products, as well as the lack of toilet facilities at school results in a difficult situation for girls that are menstruating.

In rural provinces Bihar and Jharkhand, India, 93% of girls missed 1-2 days in school per month because of menstruation. In some societies in India almost 1 out of 4 girls drop out of school when they reach puberty and start menstruating. According to the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, girls in developing societies miss out on a fifth of their total schooling due to menstruation. This results in girls getting behind with their school work and many drop out of school entirely. Girls that drop out of school early have difficulties in finding and keeping jobs, are at high risk of being married off at a very young age and are more likely to being forced to become financially dependent on their partner.

Do you want to join us and help girls on the Indian countryside to safely take care of their hygiene and make sure that they do not have to drop out of school because of menstruation? Swish a menstrual cup!

Donate a sum of your choice through Swish (123 115 96 56). Name the transfer “Menstrual cup”. Every important donation goes in full towards buying silicone menstrual cups (111 SEK a piece, subsidized by menskopp.se). All donations make a difference!

Thank you for supporting the girls in India!

This campaign were initiated by medical students Cindy Deniz and Jagoda Maszke-Get, University of Gothenburg. The menstrual cups will be delivered to IIMC in India in January 2018 for distribution amongst teenage girls along with education about menstruation for both girls and boys. You can follow the progress of the project here.

Sources

rfsu.se

unfpa.org

nielsen.com

cnn.com

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